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the visitor. "Contented, happy, I sup
pose?" "Well, he's in love!" laughed Hal.
"Tell me about that," rather eager
ly urged the stranger.
"No, I'm talking too much, I
guess," dissented Hal, suddenly real
izing that he was discussing his ab
sent friend too freely with a stranger.
"See here," said the latter, "I'd
better tell you something. You are a
real friend of Mr. White, are you
"Arnold thinks so."
"Good. A little closer, please
I have something confidential to tell
For nearly five minutes the
stranger poured a strange tale jnto
the ears of his amazed auditor. Hal
looked startled, then delighted. He
slapped his knee with a sounding
whack and burst forth into jolly
"Capital! famous! Arnold deserves
it all!" he cried loyally. 'Tes, you
need to know all. You see, my sis
And this time Hal Daniels found a
listener to what his sister, the fast
friend of Leila Morton, knew of her
preferences as to her many beaux,
Arnold White especially considered.
"This gentleman wishes to look
over your property," advised Hal, as
Arnold returned in the automobile
and his first customer drove away.
"Ah, yes," bowed Arnold. "One
word, Hall," he added, stepping to the
side of his friend and speaking con
fidentially; "I wish you would get
word to Miss Morton through your
sister that I cannot attend the theater
party to the city tomorrow evening."
"Nonsense!" began Hal stormily.
"No, it isn't. I haven't asked Miss
"No, but I'll bet she expects it"
"I can't afford it just now, Hal,"
asserted Arnold seriously. "Another
thing, I can't hope to keep up the
society pace with her gentleman
f-iends who have nothing to do but
spend money." v
As to marriage, he was too much
of a ma to ask any young lady to
share his lot unless he had a com
fortable home to offer her.
"I'll put aside the dream impossible
and plug away at business," he toldl
himself, and added aloud briskly to)
his visitor: "Now then, sir, what can)
I show you?"
"I want you to pick me out the
neatest, most convenient house yout
have on your list," was the reply, I
There were many, all new .houses,
to see. The customer inHisf ed on Ar
nold expressing his preference and
judgment. Finally the stranger said:
"I'll take that house it's a little
"As to the terms," began Arnold,
as they proceeded back toihe office.
"I want no terms altash," ob
served the stranger "Ha"v,soon can
I have the deed?-!' he Inquired, as they
were seated inihepffice.
"First thing in the' morning. What
name in the deed please?" inquired
Arnold, taking up a pen.
"Arnold White." t usr'sss'ji
"WnatY" exclaimed Arnold.
"I know It is,", bowed the stranger
coolly. "I am followingr out my in
structions explicitly." - -
"But I don't understand"
"You soon will. I am an attorney
from Montana, representing Ernest
"What! my old friend whom I have
not heard from for two years?"
"The same, and the man you loan
ed $200 to. Well, he went West and
got in jail. Stayed there for two
years, stubbornly fighting for a val
uable land entry he had made. There
was a technicality and he stood by his
guns. I helped him. We beat the.
land sharks and he is rich today.
There is the money you loaned him
with interest," and the' stranger
handed the astonished Arnold &
check, "and as soon as that deed is
made out the money is ready to ay
for that house and lot"
Arnold was stupefied. Then his
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