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day. Yesterday we agreed on terms.
And this is my paper "
Allan listened in horror, and grad
ually he began to understand many
things that had been mysteries to
him. No wonder Smith had encour
aged him to write"more stinging in
vective till that same morning.
"You will show me the agree
ment," suggested Allan.
"Mr. Gray," said the boss. "I never
bluff. It wasn't signed by Mr. Smith.
He was to have signed in my office
today, after lunch."
"Then," said Allan calmly, "I shall
run the paper alone. I shall be true
to what I believed my employer's
principles to be."
"Wait' a minute," said Gregory,
pulling a letter out of his pocket.
"Read this not so close, young man.
Do you think this letter, offering to
accept' my terms would read well in
the newspapers? And this, you see,
Yes, that was Smith's signature.
Allan sank back helplessly in his
chair. He could say nothing more.
"Now, my young friend," Gregory
continued, "how much influence do
you suppose will remain to Smith's
Weekly when this letter is published
and you are jointly involved with our
friend in what you would call 'a
"None," admitted Allan.
"Then," said the boss, "will you
suspend publication or drag a dying
man's name down to infamy to gain
a reputation for sincerity in which
no one will believe?"
Allan thought hard. Then, "I will
suspend for that letter," he answered.
"Now, you're talking sense," an
swered the boss. And he placed the
letter in Allan's hands. He knew
that he had not misjudged his man.
There was a good deal of quiet talk
.about Smith during the period pre
ceding the elections. The story of
his dishonesty became gradually
known. But nobody ever suspected
the integrity of Allan Gray.
That, doubtless was why he se
cured the election as sheriff by a ma
jority of nearly four hundred votes.
And that, too, was why he was en
abled to write to Mildred just two
days afterward. "Come, dearest," he
And when he saw Gregory among
the spectators at the wedding he did
not feel anything but goodfellowship.
He even took the boss' hand.
Ex-boss, rather. For Gregory
would never hold power in Bender
again, even though Smith's Weekly
COMMANDER'S WIFE STUDIES
WAYS OF WAR
Gen. Joffre, commander-in-chief of
the allied armies -in France., has no
more devoted aide than his wife,
The wife of the "present-day Na
poleon" is a serious student of mili
tary tactics and strategy and she is
frequently admitted to the command
er's unofficial war councils,