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' better leave here at the end of the
"Oh!" gasped Ina, her senses reel
ing. How she managed to regain the
outer office she never knew. She fell
to a chair. Arthur glided anxiously,
eagerly to her side.
"Well?" he nromDted auicklv.
ffo "He had already read it!"
"Oh, Arthur, the end has come!
Our beautiful love dream is in ruins!
Your fa'ther has discharged me!"
Arthur Gresham's brow darkened.
Real resentment showed in his ex
"I shall go to him at once," he said
"No, no!" dissented Ina in real
alarm, rising and seizing his arm.
"Oh, Arthur! do not let poor me be
the cause of a misunderstanding be
tween you two who have always been
"Let us have patience. Please go
away now. I beg of you, do not see
him until he is in a better frame of
Reluctantly Arthur departed. He
was in business for himself. Not so
Ned Warner. If Mr. Gresham was
proud of his strong, manly, indepen
dent son, he also loved Ned Warner.
The latter was the son of his dearest
friend. On his deathbed Mr. Gresh
am had promised to care for him. He
felt the responsibility as a sacred
charge. The youth was lovable but
weak, and his indulg'ent guardian
dealt with him very gently. That
morning Mr. Gresham had learned of
his being seen with a gay young
f card-playing and drinking crowd.
This was the cause that morning of
his unusual spell of Jtemper, as "his
employes deemed it
" A dark cloud seemed to hang over
the office all that day. Mr. Gresham
remained in his office until noon. He
walked out of the place then, his-grim
silence adding new uneasiness to his
anxious watchers. , ".
starting to leave the office for lunch
when Ned approached her in the
"Can" I have a word with you, Mis3
Vaile?" he inquired.
"Why, certainly," replied Ina, who
always liked the young fellow.
"You have been a good friend to
me," he said with sincerity and hu
mility. "I am in deep distress and I
feel that I must make a confidant of
you. I am responsible for the trouble
here this morning, I am sorry to say."
"I did not know that," replied Ina,
with true sisterly sympathy.
"Well, I am. I have been a foolish,
disloyal fellow, to the kindest man
that ever lived Mr. Gresham, and he
knows it. Oh! my sins are not very
heavy, but I have wasted time, gone
with riotous companions and other
wise disappointed him. He wasliint
ing at me when he burst out' so this
morning," and Ned, with honest tears
of contrition in his eyes, told Ina the
whole story, ending up with: "For
the sake of you others I guess I had
better go somewhere and make a
man of myself."
"You will do nothing of the sort!"
declared Ina. "There is too much
good in you to throw yourself away.
Go straight to Mr. Gresham, tell him
all you have told me, turn over anew
leaf and make him happy." '
'Til do it, and I'll reform I vow I
will!" cried Ned earnestly.
It was late in the day when Ina"
timidly entered the room of her em
ployer, little dreaming of how favor
ably Ned Warner had paved the way
for a gracious reception. She noted
a marked change in his face as he
"Mr. Gresham," she said, "I have
decided not to wait until the end of
the month, but leave today."
"Why, hadn't you better stay for a
few days ? My wife will be back from
the country Thursday, and then be
tween you there can be arrangements
"For what?" gasped the perplexed:.
Ina, pale and sad looking, was