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By Elizabeth Schoen Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
1 "I'm in a trap, that 's what I am!"
Vociferated Martin Dalton, "and
'you've got to help me'out of it."
Hugh Wayne, lawyer, smiled
slightly. He did not hide an irrepres
sible sentiment of contempt for his
ussy, erratic client.
"You should have remembered the
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"It Was a Snare, I Tell You A De
t old saying:'Beware of the vidders!' "
' he observed.
"She isn't a widow. She's an old
"Tell you, Mr. Dalton," broke in
the attorney, "I don't consider Miss
Croydon in the old maid class. In
fact, I admire her as a very beautiful
and most estimable lady. At thirty
she is the peer of any girl of sixteen
in her modesty and loveliness."
"Pity you didn't get her!" snarled J
Dalton. "Confound it! What induced
me to make love to her, anyway? It
was a snare, I tell you a deliberate
"In what way?" challenged
"Why, I heard she was heiress to
a big estate. Come to find out, she
has simply an interest in a lawsuit
that may drag along for years, and
when it winds up all the funds eaten
up in litigation. You're my lawyer
I've come to you for advice."
"Well, what do you expect me to
do?" questioned Wayne.
"I am engaged to Miss Croydon. I
want to break the engagement!"
"Then why don't you go to her in
a frank, manly fashion and tell her
so?" asked Wayne, more disgusted
than ever with his mean spirited cli
ent "Huh! Not much! And get a suit
for breach of promise on my hands?
I know these women. No -sir-ree!
I've thought out a plan. She is un
doubtedly anxious to marry me for
my money. Soon as she finds out
I've got none, you bet she'll be ready
to drop me. Now, then, I want you
to help me get it rumored around
that I've lost a lot of money. That'll
fix things sure!"
Wayne neither assented nor dis
sented to this suggestion. He had
met Vera Croydon more than once.
Her sterling, charitable nature had
appealed to him strongly. His life
had been a lonely one. He had heard
how Miss Croydon had given up her
best years for the sake of two young
er sisters, and he felt that a bond of
sympathy somehow existed between
them. He never thought of love,
however, for Miss Croydon had some
means, the prospects of a large for
tune, and he was a poor struggling
Now he was glad that this peerless
woman was not to marry Dalton.
During the next two or three days
Wayne learned how Miss Croydon,
her sisters married off, the freshness
of girlhood" passed away, longing for
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