JUST IN TIME
By Florence Lillian Henderson.
"Going, Arnold?" questioned Hal
Daniels, as he stood in the suburban
real estate office of Young & Co., ad
dressing the manager of that branch
of a big city business.
"I'll tell you in a minute," replied
Arnold White "four, six, eight,
nine," and he flipped over the bank
bills in his hand and then said defin-
H I . r
"He Is the Best Fellow in the World."
itely and withal quite disconsolately
( "Why not?"
"Can't affor'd it."
t "Nonsense! See here, I believe you
are showing the white feather. Any
'one watching out with half an eye
during the past month, can tell where
your chief interest is. And Miss Leila
Morton is well worthy the attentions
of a"ny young man!"
"No doubt of that," half sighed Ar
nold. "In fact, that's the trouble.
Others besides myself feel the spell
of her witching sweetness and beau
ty. She has any number of cavaliers
and how do I show up with well, for
instance sue ha suitor as Ray East
burne?" "Yes, Eastburne has some money
and is a great catch," agreed Hal,
."but he don't stand the ghost of a
show. A motiveless idler is not the
style of man Leila fancies. Confi
dentially, Arnold, my sister "
There was an interruption. A cus
tomer came driving up in an auto
mobile, wishing to look at some
houses listed for sale by the office
and Arnold had to hurry away at
"Have you half an hour to spare,
Hal?" he inquired of his friend.
"Sure double that time, if I can be
"Just keep the office open.until I
return, will you?"
"I'll do that," responded Hal and
settled himself back in the comfort
able swivel chair as the machine
Hal had not fully dropped into the
luxuriousness of repose when there
was a visitor. He was a bronzed
faced, brisk framed man with all the
marks of an outdoor life upon him.
His ruggedness, however, was tem
pered by a certain intellectual tinge.
He might have been a professional
man, judging from his eye and his
manner of speech.
"Mr. Arnold White?" he spoke in
quiringly. "No, sir only his friend."
"I was told I would find him here."
"Mr. White is temporarily absent
with a client," explained Hal. "I ex
pect him back within half an hour."
ftAh, then, I will wait," said the
stranger, seating himself? How is he
"He is the best fellow in the world,"
declared Hal with 'unction, "and an
up-to-date salesman. When he came
here he made a two years' salary con
tract for a ridiculous sum. That ex
pires soon. He'll get rich on his com
missions, if they -give him half a
"That's promising," commented
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