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Bo this arrangement was made. It 1
was a vast sacrifice for Rolf e to give
up the hope of becoming a lawyer.
With gratitude, however, he remem
bered the kindness of Mr. Rhodes.
With loyalty he resolved to be a
fnend and a support to the family he
left in such distressed circumstances.
It did not take Rolfe long to dis
cern that the mother and her daugh
ters were poor samples of woman
hood. They sat around in what was
left of their old-time finery, were
wasteful in preparing the meals and
bickered as to who should do the
dishes. They were rather distant
with Rolfe, as if he was an inferior,
but they could not help but realize
his devotion and self-sacrifice. Every
Saturday night he' handed over to
Mrs. Rhodes the money to pay the
Within a month the, family had ac
cepted these unusual services from a
comparative stronger, as though he
were a son or brother. Rolfe kept the
lot neat and attractive looking,.' he
sawed and split all the wood, he did
a dozen necessary errands evenings.
Whenever the girls needed any
thing particularly he tried to provide
it. Without her knowing it, he de
voted three whole nignts to doing
some extra copying work to give Eva
the money to procure some neck
wear gewgaws she fancied.
Then the cousin, Miss Honor
Bright, came. The first moment he
set eyes on her Rolfe Daniels fell in
love with her. To all Of them, how
ever, the visitor was apparently cold
and out of place. She did not tell
them, but her heart had been chilled
over a wretch who broke their en
gagement and went off and married
another. Honor was disillusioned,
but it would take time for the deep
wound to heal.
Her distant manner, her superb
grace and dignity stilled the budding
lover in her silent admirer. Rolfe
felt that she was far from him as
were th$ stars, ..Night after night.
however, in a llttlfe memorandum J
book he wrote down his inner
thoughts. They expressed not the
languishing, love-sick suitor, or the
desperate ravings of one seeking the
unattainable. Rather, it was the ten
ded adoration of a true man who was
glad that he had known a perfect
Honor remained permanently with
the family. She pitied their condition,
turned into the family fund the few
hundred dollars she possessed and
did most of the work about the house.
She was striving to forget her old
heart misery. She resented the indif
ference of the family toward Rolfe,
whose' sterling worth she appreciat
ed. She strove to be kind to him,
but it was ,not yet in hefSnatUre to
show her real sympathy, amid the
sting to pride of her first disappoint
ment.' One day at the factory an emery
wheel exploded and some of the frag
ments went intoJRolfe's eyes. His
sight was not gone, but the surgeon
told Rolfe he must do no clerical
work for'at.least a, year.
Rolfe sought a position as man
ager of -a store where his strength
and not keen eyesight was the, essen
tial. At tfie end of 4J month his arm
was broken in ihe fall of a tier of
It seemed as if the last, sacrifice he
could make was reached when he
was obliged to work as a night
watchman, and the' family thank
lessly took the last cent he earned.
Then came great news. The uncle
had died suddenly without a will. The
estate went to Mrs. Rhodes and
Honor, equally, as the nearest heirs.
The family were at once in great fet
tle. They prepared to leave the old
home with extravagant ideas of their
"You have been very helpful to us,"
said .Mrs. Rhodes to Rolfe, "and we
will allow you to occupy the. old
house here free of charge until the
estate is settled up."
It was Honor that "Rolfe would
miss. Humbly lie accepted the fate