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to telL In a blunt practical business
like way he -informed Dale that it
would be folly to encourage his
daughter to wed a man in a condition
even worse thanthat of acripple.
In a measure Dale acknowledged the
wisdom of this, for his business
chances in the world would certainly
There was one ray of comfort amid
his loneliness and grief, However. He
received abroken-hearted noe from
Myrtle. She loved him still, she would
love him till the end! No matter what
her father might say deaf, blind, a"
pauper she would marry Dale the
day he, asked her, in defiance of all
the world! v
But that sacrifice of h-?r youth,
beauty and happiness ' Dale felt he
could never consent to ask "of Myr
tle. She remained away, from Tip
ton atljier father's mandate and, Dale
fell into a dreary humdrum mode of
Time hung heavily on his hands.
The doctors had insisted on rest and
recreation, for a few months at least,
He tried fishing, he would take long
strolls out-into the country. While"
jn the village, however he made the
local billiard hall a favorite haunt. He
liked the game and he watched the
players at the tables with interest.
Thithef he was bound now. They
had gotten to designate him as "Deaf
Armstrong." Often he took a cue in
hand and had become- quite expert
with the ivory balls.
Then, without stating hisr purpose
except to his parents and sister, Dale
left Uie town and was gone a month.
He returned to face a new sensation.
Mr. Parr had been -robbed, even beg
gared, gossip had it. A miserly, narrow-minded
old man, he had bulked
most of his means in some: land up
the river. A colored community had
bought it at an extravagant price
for all cash. The money Parr had
placed in a small safe in his house.
The next morning, he awoke from a
drugged s:leep to find-the safe and its
.contents, gojie, , i . ?,
The old man ha'd become frantic
He had sent for his daughter, he had
hired all the local sleuths in the place
but they found no clew to safe or v
despoilers. They found no wagon '
tracks near the nouse and theorized
that the burglars had carried it away
bodily. They had probably dumped
it in some safe hiding place, as they
could not themselves carry it far,
but they had left no trace as to their
Dale looked brisk and bright as he
went down to the billiard hall that
evening. He had reason to feel that
way, for a great blessing had come to
him. He smiled as he passed a group
of children and one of them narrated
gravely how his mishap had come
about through the "esplosion of a
great big football!" It was a cold,
dreary evening and there were not
many at the bUlard hall. Dale passed
into its little reading room and
scanned the newspapers there.
A man, stranger, stuck his head
through the doorway, frowned slight-'
ly at finding the apartment decupled
and turned to the owner of the place
-who Stood near by. '
"I'd like to have a few minutes'
confidential talk in there with a
friend of mine who will be here in a
few minutes," he said.
"Oh, that's all right Dont mind
Deaf Armstrong. He can't hear you."
Dale smiled behind his newspaper..
Almost immediately a second Strang-.
er appeared. Both -glanced at Dale -and
then began talking in low tones."
Dale yawnfed and seemed to drowse.
"Tomorrow morning you hire an
automobile and, go out to the place
I've described," spoke the first comer
They were no sooner out of sight
when Dale sprang ta his feet. He
made for the nearest livery stable and
sought out its proprietor.
"Murray," he said, "get-out a car
and load in a lantern and a stout rope'
and chain. Then drive over to the
Parr home." r
Murray 'stared hard at Dale, my8-