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Suction in price and hoped for the
It was Saturday evening when he
paid a visit to Mrs. Marvin. He had
known her casually for years, but
since being away at school had not
seen her often.
"We shall be able to pay you quite
a weekly allowance, Mrs. Marvin,"
he stated cheerfully, "and when I get
things straightened around I hope to
be able, to give you the regular
amount you have heretofore re
ceived"." "You are most kind and consider
ate," declared Mrs. Marvin. "I have
felt that as my husband took away
with him the greater part of the cap
ital of the firm I could scarcely ex
pect anything from the business."
"You shall receive a share as long
as the business lasts," insisted Perci
val. "It is my father's wish and my
own as -well. I understand that your
daughter is within a year of complet
ing her education. We must see that
there is no break in that "
"But there will be. I am not going
back to school, broke In a new voice
and Elsie Marvin entered the room.
Her beauty, the fascinating influ
ence of her charming face made Per
cival doubt if this was the child he
had played wih years in the past. A
glance from her beautiful eyes gave
a new inspiration to the occasion.
"I could not think of being a bur
den on your father and yourself, two
of the noblest, most unselfish gentle
men I have ever known," she said
definitely. "No, mother, the school
dream is over. I shall go to work."
"But what at, my child?" inquired
her mother solicitously.
"Oh, I can surely fill hi somewhere.
In the old' busy days of the factory
you had, some one to keep the books
and take charge of the office, Mr.
Deape. Can I not be of some service
Had she been a stranger, he would
have said no. As he reflected how
that lovely presence would be a con
stant comfort and encouragement,;
Percival mid yes, and so it was ar
ranged. How harmoniously they worked
together that first week! What a joy
it was mutually to feel that they were
merging their exertions for the sake
of their dear ones! Percival attended
to the packing and crating of articles
ordered. Elsie did all the billing and
correspondence. Often she insisted
on aiding Percival at his work. Her
soft, silky hair sweeping his face, her
perfumed breath, the touch of her
fairy hands, would send a rare thrill
to his soul. He could scarcely con
trol the impulse to take her in his
arms and tell her how he loved her.
Then came to Percival Deane the
disappointment of his life. A young
maa came to the village. For two
days he was almost constantly with
Elsie. It was whispered abqut tie vil
lage that he was the brother of El
sie's closest school friend and her
Elsie came back to work more shy
and self conscious than before. She
was still kindly and helpful, but
there seemed to be a barrier now be
tween them. One day she came to
where Percival was busy.
"Mr. Deane," she said, "I find that
while you havebeen sending mother
a regular allowance, you do not draw
any money yourself."
"Oh, that's all right," insisted Per
cival brightly. "I will take my share
when the collections come in."
"But me must not be thus privi
leged." "I I fancied perhaps you particu
larly needed jour allowance just
"Why, what do you mean?" inquir
ed Elsie innocently.
"I heard you might leave here.
That is, I fancied well, as you are
"Engaged?" repeated Elsie vague
ly. "Oh, you mean to my recent vis
itor?" and she burst into a merry
laugh. "He was a very good friend,
but anything farther than that was
never possible with me and "utterly