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THE WRONG MAN
By Elizabeth Schoen Cobb.
"I am ashamed of youT'spoke Rob
ert Earle with force and indigna
tion "ashamed that you are of my
kin, ashamed that you bear the same
"And because I resemble you?"
sjieered his spoiled and profligate
cousin, Ernest Earle. "Sorry, but
"Why, There Is the-Thief!"
that fact gave me the excuse for the
masquerading that results iu my
-present calling down."
Robert Earle bit his Up to repress
the vivid emotions he experienced.
In the face of the young man he ad
dressed there was nothing but reck
less indifference, the selfish abandon
of a person on the wrong road and
disdaining any suggestipn or influ
ence that would lead hun into the
A right-minded person, Robert
Earle could scarcely realize the atti
tude of this conscienceless relative.
Forging his name, assuming his iden
tity for they were marvelously alike
in form and feature Ernest Earle
had managed to draw from a bank
the sum of four hundred dollars. It
represented over one-half that his
cousin had in the way of capital. He
had committed the crime, squandered
the money and had boldly reappeared
now to ask for more, knowing very
well that for the sake of the family
Robert would not prosecute him.
"See here, Robert," he said bluntly.
"Give me fifty dollars and I'll go West
and relieve you of your constant
dread that I will cut up some caper
that may disgrace the proud name of
that old curmudgeon uncle of ours,
Jerome Earle. Considering your pros
pects, I insist, that I am letting you
off cheap. Considering my bad record,
of course, I will be the disowned heir
while you, the wise and polite one,
will inherit his fortune."
"Again, shame on your manhood!"
cried Robert, "you revile a worthy
old man who started both of us in life
with the means of securing a good
education. You wasted your two
thousand dollars. I had a part of
mine to show until you saddled your
debts on me and then so basely de
pleted the little store I had set aside
to open my law office. You shall have
the money you ask for, but it is the
last you will ever receive from me
until I see you acting the man."
With an ungracious sheer Ernest
Earle accepted the money his cousin
proffered and went his way. Then
Robert seriously contemplated his im
mediate future. He decided to aban
don his plans of practicing law in the
crowded, expensive city where capital
and influence were absolutely requi
site to success.
It was a step the ambitious young
fellow never regretted, for labor and
love soon became allied. Robert es
tablished himself in the thriving
county-seat tit Tipton. He found com?