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THE SHOE PARTNER
By Harold Carter.
(Copyright by-V. G. Chapman.)
"One of the most curious custom
ers we ever had or rather two of
them," said the shoe salesman, "were
Abe and Hank. I never knew that
they had any other names. If they
did, they never mentioned them.
"Abe was an old Union soldier, and
he'd lost his leg at Gettysburg. He
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"Pity to Waste So Much Good
used to come in two or three times a
year to get a pair of shoes. First time
he looked at the odd shoe with a pa
tronizing sort of expression.
" 'Make' any reduction for a single
shoe7' he asked.
" 'No,' I answered. 'You see, odd
shoes aren't much vjilue. There isn't
any demand for them.'
"That's what they all tell me,'
answered Abe. 'Pity to waste so
much good leather. That left-foot
shoe seems too good to go to the
"I was feeling bright that morning,
and I had an idea. 'See here, why
don't you find a left-legged man that
takes the same size shoe?' I asked
" 'Where would I find him?' asked
" 'Round about the Old Soldiers'
home,' I suggested, and the idea
seemed to please him, for he perked
up and went out whistling, with the
left shoe in his pocket
"I had about forgotten the matter,
when, four or five months later, Abe
come back with a left-legge3 man.
He had been wounded at Gettysburg,
too, on the Confederate side, and
their feet was a pair. I sold 'em a
pair of shoes between 'em, and they
were so pleased they stayed half an
hour, chatting with me.
"I gathered that both were in mod
est conditions. Hank, the left-legged
man, had met Abe quite by accident
at the reunion of the two forces
which happened last summer. It
turned out that Hank came from a
little place in Virginia where Abe had
spent three weeks with his regiment.
Abe wasn't slow in those days, and,
having then two sound legs and be
ing, as I imagined, not a bad-looking
young fellow, he won the heart of a
pretty Virginia girl.
" 'But I won't marry you, Abe,' she
said, 'until we have whipped you out
of your boots and peace has come.
Then, and not till then, you can call
"Abe was whipped out of his boots,
but Gettysburg falsified the girl's pre
dictions, and when the war ended
Abe received a letter in which the
girl said that she had just got mar
ried to one of her own side, and he
wasn't to think about her any more.
"Abe was pretty gloomy as he said
that, and Hank tried to cheer him
up, but without much success. It ap-