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my father's death obscured."
Somehow Vernon Whyte all the
way home could not get the beautiful,
self-reliant Neva out of .hie mind.
Then, two days later, in .looking over
some papers in Mr. Whyte's box in
the vault, he made a discovery that
flpiadq him quail and brought to his
-" -fnlnrl with renewed intensity the sis
ter and "brother at Coketon who had
so interested him.
"ft is incredible it is inexplicable!"
he fairly gasped, as he glanced over
a document in his hand.
'Thav.e something of importance
to say to you, suv" he announced to
Mr. Brooks, entering his private of
fice. "Quite by accident in searching
for an important receipt, I came
across a document among your pri
vate papers. It shows that the prop
erty at Caketon supposedly yours, is
really owned by the heirs of Martin
"Where where is-, the paper?"
quavered the millionaire, springing
to his feet fale as ashes.
"It proves more," proceeded Whyte
incisively. "There has been "forgery,
misrepresentation, robbery in the fic
titious transfer of that property to the
John Brooks broke down His
cringing nature was manifested as, he
admitted fraud, as he excused it on
the ground of business policy."
"Don't be a fool, Whyte," he. said.
"Your salary will be five thousandat
the next directors' meeting. To re
trace our well, our mistake, would
mean a criminals admission. We can't
do that, you know."
"YoU must, in all fairness and
- "We must not and will not We
' are. powerful to crush where we list.
Be careful! Don't spefl your bright
., business career by giving;way to sen-
fiment. Forget the incident. Therer
there is Portia, too."
But Portia; made aware of the clr
.cttmstancee, briefly, coldly informed
her lover that she would side with
her fathec Tke engagement - was
broken, and White, white disappoint
ed, was thankful that he had fathom
ed the crnel nature of Portia Brooks
"I suppose you will insist upon
making us trouble?" observed Brooks
"No," replied Whyte quietly. "I
simply resign my position, return you
the Incriminating document and leave
It toyour conscience as to future
action in the .premises." '
That was the end of the business
dream of Vernon Whyte. He had
thought it all over and had made a
noble resolve. Within a week he was
employed as an office clerk -at a town
two miles from Coketon, his first step
taken toward coming into the life of
the defrauded Dorris family in a prad
Within another week he had man
aged it so that he was a boarder at
the new small but neathom& of which
Neva Dorris was the mistress. 'It
came about so naturally that here
seemed no purpose in it. Then began
a life in which Whyte cheered the
lowly existence of the sister and
brother and learned, to forget the
past, and learned more of the rare,
soulful nature of the girl he was be
ginning to love.
And one. fair summer eve he toW
Nevt that she -was aU in the world
to him. She cried on his shoulder
as she realized how much that meant
to her. And th& man lyho.iad de-termlned-to
make up to her all of the.
comfort and luxury the stolen land
might have brought her, felt repaid
for his efforts.
How they planned -for the future!
How happy was Neva in comtemplat
ing"n humble bat happy home! And
thengreat news came from'the mine "
one day. Brooks had visited it and
got caught amidst the fire damp. He
was dreadfully burned, his eyesight
gone forever, bHt his life was saved.
Poor, erippled Gabriel had borne
the senseless, victim on his shoulder
through a mile of tunnels, bringing
him at last to the surface.