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THE SPIRITS AND HARRY
By Grace Jennings
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman)
When Harry-Kenton opened a law
office in the metropolis he encour
aged himself with the statement he
had once read that the average law
yer's income was in the neighbor
hood of three thousands dollars. That
was all right, but it omitted to add
that the colossal incomes of the lead
ing lights swelled the average j in
other words, that this income was
distributed among the profession very
Three months and three clients had
begun to raise in his mind serious
problems as to his winter's office
rent when, one morning, the pretti
est girl that he had ever seen en
tered his little place.
rWhat cm I do for you, madam?
asked the man, bewildered both by
the apparition and by the melancholy
thought that he could not charge a
pretty girl as much as he would
charge her father.
"You are a lawyer, are you not?"
asked the girl, sitting down and look
ing helplessly at him. "I wanted I
wanted to go to an unknown law
yer. You see, I am well-known about
here. My father is a lawyer."
"You have come to the right place,
ladam," said Harry grimly.
"Well, it's like this," said the girl.
My father married late in life. He
nearly eighty now and he has fal
en into the power of a dreadful wom
n Madame Charmeuse, the me
'ium.w "Who advertises in the Sunday
"Yes. She claims to put him in
ommunication with his wife my
tepmother, you know by auto
matic writing. My mother died when
I was born and father married
again and his second wife died, and
well, last night both of them wrote
Out of the girl's Incoherence j
Harry gathered -the following' facts:
His visitor's name was Lucy Law
rence, and her father had been a
noted-lawyer in his day. He had be
gun to investigate spiritualism and
the "medium" had begun to send the
old man notes in automatic writing,
instructing him to leave all his" money
to her, instead of to his daughter. Th,e
old man, who was shrewd enough in
other ways, had shown reluctance to
"My Wife's Writing."
comply with his second wife's wishes.
Whereupon the spirit of the first wife,
the girl's mother, had appended her
name to a similar communication,
stating in positiYe terms that no
moliey was to be left to her daughter,
since her nature needed to be devel
oped through poverty.
"And if you can help me in some
way I shall be xso grateful," pleaded
the girl. "It isn't that I want the
money; But it is terrible, that my
father's fortune shOuldgo to that,,