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that Merton had secured through an
swering an advertisement calling for
a writer and compiler. It had led him
to apply at a bachelor's quarters in a
high-class apartment house, There
he had been set at work by Mr. Wil
liam Worthington. After working for
him fpr a week Merton knew no more
as to his business or connections
than on the first day of his engage
ment. His work comprised going
over many volumes and newspaper
clippings dealing with statistics on
crime. ' '
"I think Mr. Worthington is prepar
ing a volume on criminology," Mer
ton told Eva. "He leaves me to my
work daytime and evenings, gives me
a key to his rooms and his desk and
seems to place absolute trust in me.
Often I do not see him for days. Yes
terday he left the city and said he
would be gone for a week. He has left
me in entire charge of ' his. apart
ments." Merton had certainly been made at
home in his new position- At the re
quest of Mr. Worthington he now
slept nights at the room of the latter.
After he had left Eva on that particu
lar evening he met an old journalistic
friend whom he had not seen for
years, a man he very much liked.
"See here, Hull," spoke Dudley
Cragin, "I'm leaving in the morning.
Can't you put in the time showing me
around the bid clubs 'we used to go
to years ago?"
Reluctantly and from courtesy on
ly,' Merton agreed tb join Cragin at
his hotel an hour later. -He went to
Mr. Worthington's rooms, put his
writing aside, donned his best hat
and tie and prepared to leave to keep
A memory of old time late hours
caused 'Morton to open a drawer
where he had noticed a revolver. He
took out the weapon and as he did so
he was somewhat startled to notice a
little package of fresh new bank
notes. There were ten of them, eaclrf
for one hundred dollars.
. At first flush the thought that came
to Merton was of the risk and care-
lessness involved on the part of his
employer in leaving all this money
in so unprotected a situation. He
started to place the money in the
safe. Then a whimsical idea came in
to his mind. He was inclined to make
a show of prosperity with Cragin,
who now lived in his home. town. Mer
placed the money in his pocketbook.
"The bills are, safer with me than
in that desk drawer' he reasoned'. "I
will masquerade as a Croesus for one
evening at least!"
That evening was rather a bore and
a burden to Merton. This was because
there was some drinking in the liter
ary clubs they visited. In this Merton
did not partake and was not in har
mony with the old-time revelry. He
jsaw that his reformation produced a
good impression on Cragin, and as he
flashed the one hundred dollar bills
promiscuously Merton was assured
that he would be reported on the road
to wealth, and smiled whimsically
over the idea.
It was after he had reached the
Worthingfon apartments that he
made a dismaying and fearful discov
ery. His pocketbook was gone. Lost
or stolen, it was out of his possession,
Ruin! disgrace! perhaps arrest! All
night long he tossed on a sleepless
bed. He wandered the streets aimless- i
ly all that day. At eventide, wretched,
haggard, desperate, he went to Eva
and told her all the truth.
She was only sorrowful. The ques
tion of replacing the lost money was
the course honorable, inevitable. She
made Merton draw his savings from
the bank, she added enough of her
own to make up one thousand dollars.
Then Merton purchased ten new one
hundred dollar bills and placed them
in the desk drawer.
The luckless twain bore their sej
cret burden courageously. C Eva was
more lovable than ever, but Merton
never for a moment ceased to re
proach himself for his foolhardy exploit