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By George Elmer Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"It's a rather forlorn proposition,"
remarked Biggs, the only lawyer in
the frontier town of Sierra.
"I have already taken that view
of the case," responded Maurice Al
len in a rather gloomy tone.
"Too bad you wasted the time and
money coming way out here. If you
1 "Won .. run First Let Me Deliver a
Letter I Have for You?"
!iave four thousand dollars cash you
.n fix it up."
"I have scarcely four thousand
its," replied Mauric definitely.
till, I am not sorry th i rame," he
dded to himscl d i . thought
irought a brightt -if- to his
"You see," explained the lawyer,
'the Triumph mine is penalized for
two thousand five jhundred dollars.
Then there are some outside claims
against it. There is still an equity of
redemption, but it runs for only thirty
"I cannot raise the money," de
"1" e Maurice. "Miss Dale, as you
know, has no means. We will have
to let the property go by default."
As Maurice left the attorney's of
fice and rather gloomily walked along
streets of the primitive min
ing settlements he had a deal to oc
cupy his thoughts. His father had
died in the East a few months pre
vious, leaving barely enough to pay
his debts. Only one possible asset
was discovered a half interest in the
Triumph mine at Sierra. His part
ner in that enterprise had been Sam-
i" , ance had come west to see if
there was anything tangible to the
proposition. It was to find Samuel
Dale dead and his daughter Vinnie
teaching the one school in the dis
trict. He found her as helpless as him
self in the way of finances. He mar
veled to discover this educated girl,
the graduate of a high-class eastern
college, among such crude environ
ment. In fact she and himself were
about the only persons in the settle
ment of any refinement and culture.
He was interested in her the mo
ment he met her, and her sad story
won his deepest sympathy and re
gard. It appeared that her father was an
old friend of the father of Maurice,
who had financed the mine. Its value
was undeniable, but Mr. Allen had
died at a time when more capital was
needed, and Mr. Dale broke down un
der the strain of hard work and wor
ry, and died also. He left a few debts.
His daughter had become surety for
these and was nobly striving to pay
them off before she went to relatives
and another school position nearer '
The little township school had just
been dismissed as Maurice reached it.
Vinnie came out to look up as he ap
proached. She greeted him with her
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