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ONLY A REPORTER.
By Alvah Jordan Garth.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Ned Bartelswas a reporter for the
Empire Commercial Agency. By
chance or mischance he had fallen
in love with a most estimable young
This was Lillie Wayne. Her fa
ther was wealthy. That fact did not
make her despise poor Ned, who was
.poor. He had a chance for her com
pany with half a dozen other social
admirers. Ned was aware, however,
that her father was not so demo
cratic in his leanings as his sole child
One morning the superintendent of
the Empire called Ned to his private
office. He held a telegram in his
, "Bartels," he said, "here is a spe
cial by wire. Robert Wayne know
. "Oh, yes," nodded Ned, somewhat
flustered at being thus brought in
close business contact with the fa
.ther of his inamorata "quite well."
, 'AllTight, look him up a little, get
tan estimate on him and hand in the
report so, we can telegragh it this
4Ned departed on his mission. He
was an expert in his line. He soon
gathered up the antecedents of Mr.
Wayne, saw his bank, and according
to what he learned felt safe in quot
ing the subject on a quarter of a
jnillion dollar basis and in high credit
standing. Then fortified with the es
sentials for his report he proceeded
to the office of Mr. Wayne. It was
merely as a matter of form, but it
was a rule of the agency that in all
'cases where possible the reporter
jshould personally interview the party
t under inquiry.
The extent of Ned's acquaintance
,with Mr. Wayne was an informal in
troduction at a reception at his home.
Ned naturally felt impressed at the
thought of interviewing the father of
his adored one. He dressed in his
best, he figured out how he would
approach Mr. Wayne so as to convey
to him an idea of the importance and
dignity of the Commercial Agency.
"Be seated, please. Mr. Wayne
will be at leisure shortly," the stenog
rapher in the office advised Ned, and
he stepped into an ante-room.
Beyond it was the private office of
Mr. Wayne. Its transom was open.
Suddenly 'Ned Started in the Chair.
Suddenly Ned started in the chair in
which he sat. Drifting through the
transom came a startling sentence.
"Mr. Wayne," spoke a voice, "you.
sent for me for legal advice. As your
lawyer I am bound to tell you the
truth. You are on the rocks."
There was a low murmuring re
sponse. Then the lawyer went on:
"Let us not disguise the. fact, for