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lad I remember my own first break
into business life."
The lonely years came up before
him in a dreamy and saddened way.
He was a good man in his place, but
not given to courting the attention of
those in power nor to jostling with
rivals. He was a valued man, but his
keen, mercenary employers took ad
vantage of his quiescent ways and
imposed on him.
He and Ernest became great
friends. Ware quite squelched the
second office boy who felt it a duty
to squabble with all juvenile new
comers. Ware took Ernest under his
wing in a way that warned the self
contained assistant manager that he
had better leave him alone. Gradual
ly Ernest got on to the office routine.
He was punctual, obliging, indus
trious, but the watchful Ware noticed
that about the middle of the after
noon his steps would lag and great
dark circles came about his eyes.
When he left the office at quitting
time, he resembled some being with1
all the vitality of the day thoroughly
"It won't do," sighed Ware one
evening, as he saw the boy crying
softly to himself in a retired corner
of the office, utterly downcast and
too weak to start homewards without
a rest. "See here, Ernest," he spoke
aloud, approaching the lad and clap
ping him cheerily on the shoulder, "I
want you to come to my room to
night. I'm lonesome and we'll have
a famous meal and go over to the
"Oh, I couldn't do that," dissented
Ernest a't once.
"My sister Lucia would miss me
and worry. Mother, too."
"Well, we will just telephone Miss
Norton and it will be all right."
Which if was, and the lad had the
evening of his life He never sus
pected that a serious-faced friend
whom his host Introduced was a med
ical acquaintance of Ware, asked by
the latter to look him over and find
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out what was the matter with him.
"The boy needs a change to outside
air and exercise or he won't last two
months," was the report of the young
physician, and the next morning
Ware did a thing that he had never
ventured to do for himself to ask
a favor. T
In wonderment and then with a
sneer on his face his employer listen- "
ed to his appeal.
"It will cost you nothing, sir," ex
plained Ware. "I want to save the
lad. You can help me by sending
him to the plant at Lisle."
"But we have no use for him
"No, sir only pretend you have. I
will really pay the salary. Let him
be timekeeper for the outside work
ers." "We need no timekeeper."
"I know that, but the boy must
think you do."
"Have your way," was finally
agreed. "If you can afford to play
the philanthropist, all right."
And right royally did Ware keep
to his purpose. Once a week he vis
ited the mother and sister of Ernest
in their humble home. On every oc
casion there was a cheering letter
from the lad, telling of how he was
growing stronger every day.
Miss Norton had started and look
ed troubled, Ware fancied when he
first told her of sending Ernest to
Lisle. She seemed on the point of
saying something, but changed her
mind and was silent, although she
exchanged a strange meaning glance
with her mother.
Ware took no vacation that year.
He did not buy his usual summer suit.
When he called at the Norton home
one evening he found Lucia and her
"They received a telegram from
Lisle,' explained the landlady, "tell
ing that Ernest was hurt, and hurried
away at once." '
That night Ware fell ill. For a
week he tossed in fever and delirium.
When he again -opened his eVes to'
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