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f ectionate glance at his youngest and
favorite son. He drew out the three
checks and passed them around.
"One word more," he spoke, as
their recipients arose to get them
cashed as quickly as possible.
"There's something else. See here,
boys, my experience teaches me that
there's nothing so steadies a young
man as getting married. Now then,
to the first one of you who takes a
wife I will give $10,000, to the second
$5,000, to the third, $3,000 and to the
last, $1,000. By the way," he added,
a suggestive twinkle in his merry
eye, "I'm thinking you won't have to
look far to find the prettiest heiress
In the country right nigh to hand."
Each one of the three knew whom
he meant Miss Dalia Bliss, not a
mile away. It was said she was to
have half a million in her own right
It was strange, but each one of the
trio departed determined to call upon
the young lady in question and see
liow the land lay.
Two mornings later Claud met
Henry and Monty. He informed them
that he had called upon Miss Bliss the
evening previous. Her father had
been greatly interested in his long
talk about the law. And Dalia seem
ed so interested she scarcely spoke.
Poor dear she had been so bored at
the grandiloquent efflorescence of
the dignified guest that she had al
most gone to sleep in his presence.
Then Monty in undress military
uniform went to see the heiress. He
came home twirling Kis silk mus
taches and self complacently satisfied
that all he had to do was to propose.
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Henry's turn followed. He fancied
he was irresistible and languidly in
formed his brothers that he believed
he would take the girl on a chance.
Then they began to bicker, each
resenting his fancied claim vigorous
ly. After an hour of wrangling they
decided to go in a body to Miss Bliss
and offer her a choice of avowedly
loving three devoted souls.
"Humph!" jejaculated Claudius
sourly an hour later.
"She has rejected a vast honor,"?
declared Montgomery, bristling 'f uri-
"The minx!" said the nettled
Claud, most faintly.
Miss Bliss had been dreadfully em-
barrassed at being taken by storm by
three impetuous suitors. Then she
had told them in her pretty, artless'
way that she was already engaged.
"The minx!" said the nettled
"Mailing sport of us all!" growled
"I should have come earlier on the
scene," lisped 'Henry.
About three p'clock that afternoon
Jack, plain simple, unostentatious
Jack to the end of the chapter di
recting some men in parking a road
way running through the estate,
looking over in the direction of the
Bliss- home had noted a blue ribbon
fluttering from one of its windows.
'He quietly left the direction of the
workmen to one of their number. In
a few minutes Jack had gained the
hedge separating the two estates.
Soon Dalia appeared. Certainly
Jack was her friend, that she should
signal him and now 'make a confidant
of him, and pour into the willing ears
the story of her'persecuon by three
great over-grown" boys! (l vj
"And such nice brothers-Bf yours
they are," she told Jack.
"What a terrible escape they have
had in evading the wiles of a young
lady who is not-duly awed by their
grandeur and importance," smiled
It was the next morning that the
three city brothers were ready to de
part. They were just completing
breakfast when Jack made the re
mark: "Father, if you don't mind, I think
I will run up to the city with the
"Surely, son," responded Mr. Dale.
"You need some money, i suppose?"
"No, I have enough for the one.