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case. Ralph, was city-wearied as he
wandered aimlessly. He had a vague
idea of finding some country weekly
where he could bury himself and for
get his old vain ambitions. Near the
spot where he had now found him
self his mishap had overcome him;
and here he was, helpless. Appar
ently he was not friendless, however,
for his environment suggested that
he was under the charge of a faithful
and attractive nurse.
It was1' dusk when Ralph awoke
again. He observed a light in the
next room and made out his nurse
and a weazened, elfish-faced old man
"I am poor', very poor," the latter
was whining. "I cannot afford ex
pense. He must go to his friends if
he has any."
"No, uncle," spoke the girl, define
itely. "I know from his ravings while
in fever his whole story and it is a
pitful one. See, uncle, he hmself. will
surely find some way to 'pay the sur
geon when he is well. As to the lit
tle he costs us, the way we live,' you
can surely spare that for" the sake of
"Charity! charity!" groaned the
old man. "Who gives me charity?
No, noI tell you I am poor, poor! See
how miserably I am obliged to live!
See how hard Lwork in the city! He
must pay pay!" .
"He .will, when ie .recovers," de
clared the young girl. ''Oh, uncle!
would you drive him out, possibly to
become cripple xtor life because of
neglect? Be humane, for my sake;
I will work the harder for you."
"Ha! he has struck your fancy,
eh?" snarled the old man.
The girl blushed hotly, but she said
with girlish dignity:
"The memory of the poor brother
who died bids me be kind to the
The old man grumbled, but his
companion held to her point. He ex
acted a promise from her that she
-ijrt qw f, thn. nutcase did not con
tain some belongings that migh$ be;
sold to pay the way for his unwel-1,
come guest. h
It did not take long for Ralph to
understand that the miserly Gal
braith, as he learned his name to be,
was a miser for whom his niece
slaved. He had some business- in the
city in the scrap-iron line. i,
Within two days Ralph was able toy
sit up. Then the girl, Ottila, in some t
way got a pair of crutches, and in- J
side of a week he was able to move
to a bench outside the house and 2
He had unpacked his belongings
from the suitcase. Recalling thej
conversation he had overheard he did
up the dress suit that had done vast
service in his society reportorial ex-t
perience. He asked Ottila to dispose 4
of it. The sale brought a pitiful sum, '
but it quieted old Galbraith for 'a day
or two. Then Ralph handed her the
watch he wore, a cheap silver time-,,
piece that did not go. She seemedj
embarrassed as these negotiations
showed the niggardly persistency of j
her uncle and placed her in a false'
position with the guest whose respect -she
Ralph was pained to note the sharp
corners she had to cut in order to
provide the meals from the narrow
amount her uncle allowed her. It
could not be otherwise that day by
day the sterling qualities of his de
voted nurse wooed his mind from all''
thoughts save interest, and then deep,,
gratitude-and finally love.
After the sale of the watch he obr
served that Galbraith-was more fa
vorably disposed toward him. Then',
he accidentally learned the secret of
this. He missed a gold necklace that,
Ottila had once worn. -He was sure
that she had disposed of this and
that the proceeds had' gone to Gal
braith as if coming from their patient.
His soul was stirred to its depths.
That evening Galbraith. came home
in a' great state of excitement. He
showed Ralph a newspaper adver
tisement stating that one missing
Ralph, Norton would Jearn of same