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"Look before you leap," Danny re
peated the axiom. "That fits me.
Sweetie is a good adviser and I'm go
ing to adopt that as my motto."
Danny picked a sheet of paper from
the waste paper basket, folded it, took
a stub of a pencil from his pocket and
proceeded to diligently and laborious
ly place the appealing axiom upon its
surface. He stowed the folded paper
in his pocket as if it were some valued
talisman and an unfailing remedy
More than once during the rest of
the day Danny consulted his creed.
Ttien that night when he went to bed,
he found he had learned his motto by
heart and took out the sheet of paper
to place it in a bureau drawer when
he chanced to open it
"Whew!" he ejaculated as he pe?
rused Ihe inside of the sheet. "Why,
it's part of a letter Sweetie has writ
ten to some relative or friend and
whillikens! she's in love with the
Yes, that was certain. Miss Deane
had written to her sister that Mr.
Ransom had attracted her as never
any man' before. But she realized
that gulf between them, showed due
humility in not construing his little
acts of kindness into any marked at
tentions and was going to seek an
"Why, if she leave Ransom & Co.
I'm lost!" wailed Danny, "Say, if
she could marry the boss! Wish I
was a matchmaker. Whatll I do ? "
This was as to the letter. Danny
decided he would think things over
before he said anything about it
Then came the crisis of -Danny's life,
and the "Blunderhead" of the office
situation became a star character and
Danny earned only four dollars a
week and' had to pay some board at
home at that. This did not admit of
any banquets. The week before he
had bought a small bunch of viqlets
to place on the desk of Miss Deane.
She had scolded him severely, but
Danny was proud to think he could
1 spend 50 cents to show his devotion
to the kindest friend he hadever
For the present week, therefore,
Danny was wont to take his meals at
a cheap beanery. There were items
on the bill of fare that ran from four
to seven cents. One evening he had
to remain at the office overtime to
stamp some mail. Six o'clock found
him hungry with one-half an hour's
work still undone. Danny went out
for a bite. As he passed down a court
running along the side of the build
ing where the office was located, he
noticed that the light in the room' of
the boss had been extinguished and
the boss himself was just approach
ing his automobile, the only one in
the solitary court.
Then there occurred something
that made Danny think of a rapid
moving picture show, it was all done
so quickly. Three men had sudden
ly leaped from a dusk doorway. One
spring t,o the chauffeur's seat. Two
others advanced upon Mr. Ransom.
They threw a Joifrg coat over his head,
lifted fiim into the machine, stifled
his cries and away dashed the auto.
"Kidnaped! Just like in the
movies!" gasped the petrified Danny.
In a fiash he was after the speeding
machine. As he ran an inspiration
came to him. He drew out his big
jackknif e that was his constant com
panion, caught at the knob of the
baggage box and clung there.
The automobile followed the court,
then an alley and then curved into a
public street It was here that Danny
got ready for business.
He made a desperate lunge at the
nearest rear wheel. Blade-deep
through outer and inner sheathings
of rubber went the knife. There was
a hiss, then a frightful report. The
chauffeur caught the warning sound.
The auto sidled on a menacing slant.
Danny sprang free, yelled for the po
lice, the car was surrounded and "the
Mr. Ransom took Danny back to
the office with him after the police