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THE MAN WHO WON
By Mildred CaroIineGoodndge.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
David Ross had received a heavy
blow financially and to his affections
as well. He was an odd, silent old fel
low, but when an impulse swayed him
he carried it to the full limit.
Thus he had done with the son of
an old-time friend now dead Vance
Peters. Mr. Ross had formerly oper
ated a little shop in Virden, given to
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Elsa Watched His Mood Pitingly.
the manufacture of hardware special
ties. He took a fancy to young Peters
and retired from the business in his
favor. He still retained ownership of
the business, but gave Peters full
s"way, asking .only a monthly state
ment of the business.
One night the shop burned down
and Vance Peters disappeared. With
in twenty-four hours it was known
that he had been embezzling money
and making false returns to his b'ene-
factor. He had juggled the books and
it was believed had nrecl tne piant to
destroy the evidences of fraud.
The day after the hre Mr. koss sat
at home gloomily immersed in
thnueht. He had been fairly stunned
by the revelations of the faithlessness
of the young man he had trusted and
benefited. His adopted aaugnter, ra
sa, watched his mood pityingly.
"Father," she spoke finally, do not
let this trouble distress you."
"If I had followed your advice I
should have been better off," was the
frank reply. "You never liked Vance,
you believed that he was deceiving
me, and you were right. I shall be
chary of trusting my fellow man
again. For one thing l am sincerely .
thankful! That is that I did not urge
the wish of my heart that you and
Vance should make a match of it."
Heart-free Elsa said nothing. She
only regretted now that she had not
repeated to the generous old man
many evil rumors she had heard from
time to time concerning his business
"I find that Vance had little or no
svstem in the business," Mr. Ross told
Elsa. "He had a bookkeeper, an un
der manager and a traveling man.
They were all here this morning to
learn what the prospects were of the
plant starting up again."
"Why, are you thinning or tnat,
father?" asked Elsa in some surprise.
"Not only that, but as wen 01 going
back actively into the business," re
plied Mr. Ross. "I will be healthier
and more contented by interesting
myself in the business. Of course I
shall want a manager. There's Rog
ers, the bookkeeper; Mahon, the trav
eling man. I want to. test them out. I
have invited them to com'e down to
the house here and make it their
home free of charge."
Elsa was not unused to the odd im
pulses of her adopted parent. She did
not remark on his new freak, for she
knew it would do no good.
"I've told the three of them that I
i will take care of them until w$ start