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LOVE AND LAW
By Augustus Goodrich Sherwin.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Vera Dennison stood-lopking down
at a telegram bearing these words, a
date and a telegram. The same told
her that the brief message came from
the city where the state supreme
court met, that a legal friend of her
Trying to Be Calm and Patient.
father had sent it and that it was a
crushing blow to the hopes, prospects
and ambition of that dear father.
"It means ruin," she said sadly
Poor father, indeed! She had mar
veled when a few minutes since he
had left the house abruptly without
kissing her good-by, as was usual
with him. Now she comprehended
that a tenible "blow iuJ bhsnted all
his hopes, and the quick tears came
to her eyes as she realized that he
had received a death blow to his fond
Judge Dennison had never been a
wealthy man. Since the death of Nel
lie's mother they had lived in a quiet,
humble way. The little home, how
ever, was all they possessed. The
practice of the judge was small and
irregular. For two years they had
lived in great hopes of receiving a
large amount of money. With the
death of Mrs. Dennison there had
come complicated litigation over a
will made by the uncle of Vera's
mother. In case the claims of Mrs.
Dennison were proven, Vera as her
heiress would receive a legacy that
would provide for both herself and
her father for life.
The judge studied up the case criti
cally. He decided that he could con
test the will and gain his contention.
He put time and money into the suit.
He was sure of success, but his ardu
ous labors prostrated him on a bed of
sickness the day the case was called.
Another lawyer, unfamiliar with the
details of the case, was called in and
the suit was decided against them.
After that the judge was not as he
had' been before. His great disap
pointment had unnerved and dis
couraged him. He at once set at work
to appeal the case. His spirits had
risen somewhat as the time ap
proached when a decision was ex
pected. And now the end had come "deci
sion of the lower court affirmed."
Vera went out to the vine shaded
porch and sat down on a rustic
bench, trying to be calm and patient
counting the seconds until her father
returned. It must have been an hour
later when his heavy, spiritless step
sounded on the graveled walk. Her
heart sank as she noted that he had
become visibly older within the hour.
."Dear father' she spoke, springing
down the steps and fondly linking her
ium within bib ovvn. " You have been
10 mo ufiice.'1'