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A BUSINESS START
By Victor Radcliffe.
"Horace, I- appoint you my confi
dential secretary, terms-to be decid
ed as soon as I realize on my in
heritance' "Very kind, and having no present
position I'll be glad to accept your
offer," said Horace Lee. "Much of a
"I don't know, but my cousin, Noah
Cleave, had a good deal of money
They Located the Shop in Question.
once. Of course it must be quite
material. The letter from the lawyer
at Booneville says I am sole legatee.
I'm going to give up my job here. I'm
going to enjoy life and luxuriate, and
also you. I've got some literary ideas
you shall jot them down as they
come to me."
"See here, Winfield,' said blunt,
practical Horace, "I'm friend enough
of yours to give you some advice.
Don't drop your position until you
find out what your cousin has left
you. Don't begin, spending your for
tune before you know what it
"Oh, I'm quite sure it must be
something substantial," insisted the
optimistic Winfield Grey. "Anyhow,
I want you to run down with me to
Booneville till I take possession of
the estate. I'll pay your expenses and
for your time."
Horace was willing. He was un
employed just now It was his own
fault. He had worked for three years
for a local firm mean, stingy and
unappreciative. He found this
drudgery unpromising and resigned.
Now his idea was to try and get some
capital to make a start for himself '
in a modest way.
Dora Wayne, to whom he was en-
gaged, had scolded him gently for
giving up a small but steady income,
but Horace was ambitious and en
ergetic. So Horace started with Grey for
Booneville, a little city about fifty
miles distant. Grey had togged him
self out in great style in accordance
with the grandeur he, favore'd heir to
a fortune, should assume. He invited
all his old working chums to "a grand
blowout" upon his return. He arrang
ed to buy an expensive trotting team
and turnout. He knew the Waynes
pretty well and invited Dora to share
his first ride in that model of swift
ness and elegance. Horace won
dered if it could be possible that his
friend meditated becoming his rival.
He felt pretty safe about Dora, how
ever. An enormous disappointment
greeted Winfield Grey when he reach
ed Booneville. The lawyer who had
written him informed him that his
uncle had lost all he had in unwise
"All there is left outside of paying
his debts," advised., the attorney, "is
a little shop on Main street and that
is on leased ground. It seems that
your cousin took a fancy to a young
plumber and tried to reform him. He
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