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A VICARIOUS ROMANCE
By George Sutton.
. "You want to speak to me, Mabie?"
inquired Cyrus Halliwell, president of
the Halliwell SpinniSg Company. "By
all means. ' Come into my library. It
is about those new machines?"
"No," answered John Mabie. "It is
about'Miss Marjbrie. The fact is, we
love one another, and "
"That will do, Mabie," said the
president, waving his hand. "Before
"You Walk Right Out of Here."
you say another word, let me speak.
I am not a fool, and I have noticed
this this puppy attachment of yours
for some time. When I engaged you
as my secretary, Mabie, I considered'
to be a man of honor. If I was
i nothing dishonorable in lov
ing your daughter, sir," replied the
young man, hotly.
"You don't, eh?" roared Halliwell.
"Well, I do. Now, young man, take
a couple of weeks to think things
over. I have other plans for my
daughter, and at the end of that time
you can either come back to me in
a chastened frame of mind or look'
for another position."
"I'll resign my position right now;"
said the young man. "And let me
assure you that nothing you can, say
Will influence me in my decision to
Cyrus Halliwell rose from his chair
and emitted a terrific roar. When
he lost his temper he was a terror to
his employes. An autocrat, he ruled -everybody,
including his wife, by
slieer force of personality. He was
not a brutal man, but he had cowed
many a bully in his time.
"You walk right out of here!" he
raged. "And don't let me see your
face again, you you "
John Mabie quietly closed the door
behind him. In the passage Marjorie
was standing, her hands pressed
tightly against her ears. Her face
was deathly pale.
"You heard him?" whispered John,
taking her by the arm and leading
Marjorie turned her face up toward
his and their lips met
"Nothing shall come between us,
not even father, dear," she whispered.
They had loved each other devot
edly for nearly a year, and they knew
that their love was not to be denied.
But to marry Marjorie would mean
poverty for her at least, until John
could secure another position as
good as the one he was relinquishing.
He had had a hard time since leav
ing college, and his paltry savings
would hardly suffice to furnish their
As they stood together in the little '
room which Marjorie had for her
boudoir, they heard the library door
open and HalUWell come out. He was
evidently in a furious temper, for he