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"THE LAST STRAW
By George Munson
'(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Out of a job, flve-4ollars left in
the world and Cynthia, has gone
back on me. Why not end it all?"
Those were the musings of Harold
Lanark as he stood upon the end of
the pier and watched the dark water
of the river flowing beneath him.
One plunge, a little struggle, and all
would be over.
At the age of twenty-four he had
not suceeded in making good. He
was ashamed to go back to his fa
ther's hdme in the country. He had
lost his position the day before, ow
ing to a cutting down of costs in the
factory and he saw no opportunity
of another for a long time. Then
Cynthia's letter . . . for a mis
erable little trifle . . .
"Feeling pretty bad, eh, young
man?" inquired a voice at his side.
The youth turned to find himself
looking into the eyes of a man of
about fifty years. He was neatly
dressed, a diamond pin glittered in
his cravat, and he had all the aspect
of a well-to-do man of the world.
"Now if I were to hazard a guess,"
said the stranger, "I should say that
your girl had gone back on you."
"And I've lost my position and
have had nothing but ill luck since
I came to the city," said Harold.
"And so you're meditating the final
plunge into the stream of Lethe, eh?"
continued the other. "A swift and
rapid oblivion. But suppose, young
man, that death does not bring ob
livion?" Harold had not thought of that.
He had thought of nothing but his
own ndserable situation.
"You have youth and health," con
tinued the other. "And you are not
"I have five dollars in the world,"
said the young man, with a hard
"Then what more can you want?"
the other inquired. "You think you
are so badly off. Now look at me. I
am nearly a millionaire. I have, in
fact, close on nine hundred thousand
dollars. Yet I am worse off than
"How, sir?" asked the other.
"Because my doctor has given me
six months to live unless I drop ev
erything and go West. To go West
means financial ruin just now. It
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means the inability to stay and de
fend a. lawsuit which will ruin my
reputation. And I, like you, was
meditating the final plunge."
"I wouldn't mind changing places
with you, sir," said the" young man,
The other laughed mirthlessly. "I'll
tell you what we'll do," he said. "I
have well, never mind how much
money on me. It is enough to enable
you to live for a year. Give me your
five dollars and Iwill give you what