He scowled darkly as he read it
From a notorious gambler, it an
nounced that unless within forty
eight hours a certain note was paid
it would be presented to the man
"Everything depends on getting
Terhune away with me and watching
my opportunity," mused the bachelor.
"I must get one thousand dollars or
I am ruined worse, I mustbecome a
hunted criminal. Ah, I have it!" and
his bed eyes sparkled with cunning.
"Let us take a little stroll, Ter
, hune," he suggested as, apparently
casually, he later met his intended
victim on the street near his hotel.
"What do you say to a show for the
"Previous engagement," replied
Ralph, glancing at his watch and
counting the minutes until eight
o'clock, when he was due to spend
the evening with Eunice Martin.
"Time for a game of billiards, at
least," pressed Beale.
"Oh, yes; I have a full hour of
"Come on, then."
Beale led the way to a reputable
billiard parlor, and they were soon
engaged in a preliminary game with
the ivory spheres.
Beale disguised the fact that he
was an expert at the game. He
made It interesting for his opponent
by some clever manipulations and
Ralph's interest so deepened that he
threw off his coat and cuffs and be-
i came absoroea in watcmng nis,aa-
Beale allowed Ralph to win, and
kept up a clatter of talk. As it neared
eight o'clock, they left the place. Sud
denly Ralph halted upon the public
"I declare," he exclaimed, "I left
my cuffs in the rack back at the bil
"Shall I go back with you or wait
for you?" inquired Beale, courte
ously. '"Thanks; hut I,shall have to nurry,
to gef.tovmy annointmSit'e'fpTained
His face was grave and anxious" all
the time later while he sat convers
ing with Eunice or listening to her
piano playing at the Martin home. As
he arose to leave she looked appeal
ingly into his face.
"Ralph," she said, "what is trou
bling you this evening? Something,
I know. Won't you tell me wha.kit
He could not resist the wistful ap
peal. H& told Eunice of the loss of
his cuffs. She realized how sincerely
he deplored the loss of her first gift
"I h&veoffered liberal reward at
the billiard hall for their recovery,"
said Ralphs "I cannot forgive my
fojgetfulness in leaving them. Some
one has appropriated them."
"Never mind, Ralph," Eunice said,
sweetly. "They were of little intrin
sic value, .and I will give you another
Ralph did -not. leave the trustful
girl in' an altogether easy frame of
mind.. He did not'tellTier of the safe
combination which he had scribbled
one one of the .cuffs. FQrthelife of
hhn he could not recall those nu
merals, f i
This put him in a state of anxiety,
and to some -decided inconvenience.
Fortunately no business danie in that
required reference to the -contents of
the safe, but large amoun,ts,were paid
and important docunxerits received,
and these Ralph locked up-lna strong
tin box and slept with it under his
pillow each night.
Mr. Martin returned at the end of
ten days. He. looked surprised when
Ralph made his report. He opened
the safe. Then he turned upon his
bookkeeper .with a dark, suspicious
"I left a package containing twelve
hundred in cash in this safe when I
went away, and it is gone," he said
sat down grimly, wrote out a check
ior a month's salary and added: "Ter
hune, you are discharged,"
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