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as poor as a church mouse, a&d mar-
riage would have been out of the
w question but for the money.
"You must take it, Tom," insisted
i the girl. ''Take it as a loan, if you
v& like, to help you in ypur profession.
You will have clients galore in a few
years. Don't make us both unhappy
by refusing, Tom."
Before Tom Claflin had decided Jim
1 Maine produced a will written by the
old woman a month before she died,
and signed by witnesses. It left all
I - Miss Martha's money to him, stating
U that, on account of her ingratitude,
Annie was to get only the cottage.
i That was worth two or three thou
? sand but it was only a small share
in the comfortable estate.
Tom came to Annie. "That will is
a "forgery, my dear,'r he said. "Those
witnesses are men who owe Maine
money. They are in his power, and
are of disreputable character. We
shall fight it tooth and nail."
v , Annie protested. She did not want
1 to fight about the money, she said.
Maine was welcome to it. And she
hated scandal Besides that, she knew
i" her aunt had borne her no love.
But Tom persuaded her. He knew
that the girl's life had been an un
happy one, though she had never told
him so. He knew that the will was
forged. And he meant to send Maine
' The case came up before the surro
gate's court Maine had defied and
threatened Tom, but the-young law-
A yer saw that the man wa in a frenzy
of fear. Still, he could not keep his
- fingers off the nine thousand dollars.
And his witnesses were staunch to
On the day before the trial the
young lawyer received a visit irom a
7 , fellow lawyer in the next town.
"Ijieard about your case, Claflin,"
he said. "I think this puts a new
light'oh the transaction doesn't it?"
And he xhrew a document upon the
table. Tom picked It up. It was an
other will of Miss Martha's.
"She made that about a month
ago," said the: visitor.. "Came over to
Stapleton to do it, t guess, so that!
nobody in this town should know. Of
course, it antedates the will you are"
fighting over, but "
Claflin sat long in thought that
evening. v i
"Tom, won't you withdraw at the
last moment?" pleaded Annie in dofutti
the .next morning, "Dear, we have
the cottage and, after all, that wiU,;
may be genuine."
Tom said nothing but clasped her
hand in his. And Annie resigned her
self to her lovers will in the matter.
When the case was called, however,
he amazed the court and (spectators
"We do not accept this will as gen
uine, Your Honorr but, in deference
to the wishes of tny client we are
willing to accept the sworn state
ment of Mr. Maine and his witness to
the effect that the will is genuine, and
to withdraw." t
And the "will was admitted to pro
bate, Maine was flushed with triumph.
He was not the man to let well
enough alone. Therevulsion froin his
fears of prison proved too strong for
his gdod sense. He came up to Tom
in the court room, aftertfte court
hadadjpiiriiea'. ' -
Wall," he sneered, 'KguesS you
did the se thing 1 withdrawing,
young man. You'd have Tost" your
case, and I'd havhaof you driven out
of town, too. It takes a big man to
cross my will." '
"I hope ydull enjoy your property,"
said Tom. "But why didn'Fyou take
the cottage, too, wliile you -were
about it? You threw away two or
three thousand, dollars there. And
you might just as welLhave had it if
you had -had the nerve,"
"What do you mean?" bellowed
"I mean,' said Tom, thrusting his
face forward and looking the other
squarely in the eye, "that if you
hadn't been a thief and a rogue you
Would have got everything. Here is