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"Why, how is that?" inquired
"The business house I have been
working for has failed. I can readily
make a new connection, but my little
capital is gone and I could not pay
the rent here until well on in the
"Bless me!" cried Wayne cheerily,
"we always give thirty days' credit to
the trade, why not to you? Rest
easy, Miss Wharton.'and if you wish
to anticipate later returns just speak
to our cashitir."
She gave him a grateful look he
never forgot. Two days later she
came to him with happy beaming
"Just think of it!" she said buoy
antly. "I have made a new business
connection with so much work to do
that I can employ all my evenings, if
I choose. Can I. remain here after
closing time if I pay for the lights?"
Of course there Was no objection
to that. Daily Waynejnade it a" point
to pass a few moments chatting with
the industrious little sub-tenant. It
was a relaxation from the grinding
cares of business to bend near to that
Miss Wharton paid up all arrears
with sparkling thankful eyes. One
evening Wayne insisted on her taking
a respite from-her hard work in a spin
in his automobile through the parks.
One evening he brought her a bou
quet of early flowers.
- And one evening he never forgot
it hfe was seated in his room a mile
away from the office, when the tele
phone called with a noisy jangle.
"Mr. Wayne? the tones were
"Yes who is this?"
"Your office Miss Wharton."
"Come, oh'! come a once. Do not
lose a precious second!"
"What is it?" asked Wayne in star
"I have done a dreadful thing! It
was for your sake oh hurry!
Nerveless hands seemed to drop ,
the Teceiver at the other end of the
line. Wayne recognized deep agita
tion more, distress and fright in the
rapid accents that had come over the
line. Then he sprang to action. A
call to his chauffeur, and within
three minutes he wa$ seated in the '
machine, with the Bpeedy mandate,
Wayne reached the building in '
which his office 'was located. He
rushed up the stairs. The office door '
was locked. He was' quickly beyond
the barrier. He saw an empty lighted "
room. Then, tottering through the
doorway of the sub-tenant's apart
ments there showed the sub-tenant
Her face was colorless, her eyes
filled with a wild intangible horror.
"Quick, quick!" she gasped, paint
ing a terrified finger at the closed
door of the big steel vault there!
She sank to a.chair overcome, well
night at the point of fainting away.
"What doAyou mean?" inquired
"In. the vault I shut them in. Two
men your manager and his friend.
I had to. I turned the combina
Amazed, thrilled, Wayne ran to
ward the vault. He turned the com
bination and swung open the door,
went Inside and in turn carried the
tWo men in" succession from the
stifling air of the vault Woods, his
manager, and hjs friend, both un
conscious. "Quick the 'phone! These men
are almost overcome. Call a doctor."
"No, the police," said Eleanor, re
gaining her composure in a measure,
and then as the men slightly moved
she 'faltered out her tragic story.
She hack been seated in the sub
office in the dark when Woods and
his companion came in never sus
pecting her proximity. 'She was
amazed, bewildered, shocked at the
conversation that topk place.
It appeared (hat Woods and this