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lars.i because the tdwn .didn't-grow
the way he thought it would, but "
Well, being a practical -lawyer, Car
ol did not refuse her offer and as
sure her that-he would take her case
for nothing, even though he was con
scious of certain fluttenngs in the re
gion of the heart when he looked at
her adross his table. And so tfie case
Richards had two reputations. One
was that o.being the meanest man in
town ; the other of being the most vin
dictive. Carol expected to receive a
visit from him, and he was not disap
pointed. Three days later-Richards
came stamping into his office "
"What's this I hear about your fil
ing a claim against me on behalf ox
that Vincent woman?" he roared.
"I don't know what you have
heard, Mr. Richards, but it is true,"
'answered Carol. ,-
"Do you know I can ruin vou.
young man?" cries the infuriated
man. "Say, are you plumb crazy?"
"Can't say," answered Carol impor
turably, "but that claim is going tp
be "met." V- , ' ,
'Weli see,'grurited Richards, and
stamped out again.
That was the beginning of the
trouble. One by one Carol's clients
dropped away fromhim. The case
never came into court, fo'r Richards
paid? and thenceforward Carol was
deprived even of 'the' solace of Miss
Elsie's occasional visits. The young
man had little capital, andjt seemed
thatRichards would make good his
tAnd' then one night, while he" was
turning" over the ' situation in his
mind, there flashed across "it the re
membrance, of that old tih plate.
It was a flash from the subcon
scious, and-,for a long "time Carol
Marston could not imagine Tyhy the
thought of it recurred so incessantly.
And then, suddenly, a dim, remem
brance came to him which made him,
start up with a cry of joy.
The next morning he naid a. visit to
the town hall and spent the whole
forenoon burrowing among old maps -and
charts of the village. Although it
was an ancient settlement, the popu
lation, as with many small towns ad
joining cities, was largely a floating
one, and' hardly anyone in the place
had lived ther,e more than a few
years. Hence the surprise of the dis
covery was somewhat mitigated;
nevertheless, it assumed enough im
portance .to, Inspire the young man
to write an urgent letter to 'Richards,
inviting him to come to his office.
Meanwhile he-'had had a talk with
Elsie which made the young woman's
eyes sparkle with gladness. And, em
boldened by the Very kindlodk that
she bestowed, uponiIm, Carol Mar
ston ventured. t(y make a singular re
quest of her which, while it threw her
into contusion, did not produce any
WhenTlichards stamped into the
lawyer suffice,' anticipating a plea for
old'fmercyhe was considerably astonish
ed, to see Miss Vincent there, and
MafcstDa seited at his deslc anil bear
ingno tracfes of spiritual humility.
' 'Well, young'man, so you've come
rtiund, feh?" growled Ttichards,
"Sit down," said- Carol. "Mr. Rich
ards, when you .attempted to deprive
Miss Vincent .of three weeks' salary I
did not realize that you were actually
in possession of stolen property dt
"What d'you mean?" growled
Richards, turning pale, nevertheless.
"The records of our town were de
stroyed by fire 'fifteen years ago,"
Marston went on; "but fortunately
certain deeds "were saved among
them that to your apartment house at
the c6rner of New avenue and Sev
"This is a conspiracy!" yelled Rich
ards, rising. '
"Miss Vincent," 'continued the
young man, "possesses one of those
deeds, .giving her possession of a va
cant lot at Seventh street and" Tomp
He rose and, shaking his finger
with that dramatic air that was well