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but the refusal rankled. And mar
riage with Dolly seemed as fax away
At five minutes before six Cyrua
Kahn removed the bracelet and
placed it in the safe. At six o'clock
he followed his salesmen out of the
store. At least, he thought so; he
'i did not know that Ellison was in the
pactung room. xeu uuum.ea mi.ci i
lison, bracelet in hand, emerged
through the side, entrance.
He was to take Dolly to a dance
that night. The girl was waiting
when he called. Ellison slipped the
bracelet on her wrist
"Jim!" gasped the girL
"It's only to look at, dear," he said.
"I borrowed it from the store, to see
how you would look with your little
"Borrowed it, Jim?" she ques
tioned. "Sure! I have to take it back in
the morning," answered Ellison,
That would mean at half-past
seven, before Kahn got down. Elli
son had thought out his plan, which,
presented no difficulties. But he bad
not anticipated the effect of the
bracelet on the girl.
The dance was a failure, and Dolly
was very silent all the way home.
When they got down from the street
car Ellison perceived that she was
"Oh, Jim, we we'll never be able
to have a bracelet like that nor any
other kind," she sobbed.
And then the obsession revealed
Itself to Ellison in all its ugly form.
He had the bracelet; why should he
The girl seemed to sense his temp
tation, for suddenly she Hung her
v arms about his neck, sobbing:
"Jim,, you'll take it back? You'll
"take it back?" she cried. "You
shouldn't have brought it here. You
shouldn't have shown It to me. You'll
take it back? Swear to me, Jim!"
"Of course, dear," he answered. "I
was foolish to have done that.
There!" He removed the glittering J
thing from the girl's wrist and put
it in his pocket. "Forgive me, Dolly!'
"Yes, dear. Good-night and re
member, Til wait any length of time
years, even, Jim."
Yes.it was going to be years. And
the accursed stones seemed to sea?
Ellison's hands as he fingered them!
Two hundred thousand dollars! Whyj
he could have repaid all but twentyj
five thousand as the price of immune
ity, and started life a wealthy majy
But then, there would have been no
Dolly to share that life!"
At half past seven he turned 'the
corner of the block on which the
store was situated. His hear; went
into his mouth. Cyrus Kahn was
standing in the door, talking with
two policemen. The look upon his
face was that of an old man. And
Allison was seen as soon as he saw.
He went slowly up to the door and
stood waiting for Kahn to speak. The
owner's first words raised his spirits,
however; he realized that the worst
had not come to pass.
"Burglary!" gasped Kahn. "Nobody
knows how they got in. They haven't
touched but one thing, the emerald
bracelet, and they must have been
after that! And they knew the com
There really had been a burglary,
for the inside of the store was evi
dential. The safe stood open. Glass
cases had been smashed wantonly,
and a whole litter of cheap articles
was piled carelessly into one corner.
It looked 95 though, disappointed in
their searchj the burglars had done
some damage vindictively before be
ing frightened away without any of
the smaller loot.
"Got in through the side door," he
heard Kahn say, and Ellison's heart
leaped into his mouth.
He had forgotten, in his excite
ment, to lock the side door behind
He drew the bracelet from his
pocket and gravely handed it to
Kahn, who leaped into tie air, and
then snatched it from his clerk.