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LARRIMORE'S TRUMP "
By Allan Inglis
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman)
The prison gatgs closed behind Lar
rimore. He was free. Nobody had
come to meet him except the report
ers, but that caused Larrimore no dis
tress. Of course Laura would not
have come to the prison gates. She
had pride, and, though he had been
unjustly condemned, Laura was not
going to publish her shame before the
eyes of the newspaper men.
Larrimore had done no wrong.
True, he had beggared a few score of
women and trusting men who had put
their all in his wildcat scheme, but
then everybody did things like that
every day in the course of business.
The five years in the penitentiary that
he-had served had been a gross injus
tice. Larrimore felt no. degradation.,
He meant to repeat his trick, but
more craftily, in order to secure the
funds to start things going again.
Still, he was thinking, as he sat in
the train, a lot of things which dis
tressed him; and yet he could not
shake them out of his mind. He had
gone to the metropolis twenty years
before, a gawky farmer boy, to make
his fortune. He had become wealthy
in an incredibly short space of time,
for Larrimore was quick to adapt
himself to the dubious ways of
finance. In ten years he was married
and had a house on the avenue.
He had married the daughter of his
employed. He had not loved Laura
exactly, but she had thought he had.
No children had come to them, and
of late years Laura had seemed dis
satisfied. Larrimore had lavished
money jupon her and had never
known what ailed her. But then he
had not understood her.
After his marriage he seldom went
home. He made his old mother an
adequate allowance, but he had not
seen her for three years before he
was sentenced. With his connections
he could not afford to have it known
that his mother was an illiterate old
woman. - Laura, had never seen her;
Larrimore had been ashamed to let
her know. And when he was sen
tenced Laura had, by his orders, wnt
tpn tn thft nld woman that they were
going abroad to live. Larrimore had
provided for his mother before ms
conviction. He hugged that thought
to his heart. He was a pretty decent
sort of man.
Still there had been trying episodes,
which, as a man of the world, he had
He Was Thinking, as He Sat in the
Train, a Lot of Things Which Dis
found difficult to explain to4his wife.
For instance, old Mrs. Larrimore's
letters. The old woman had . been
growing lonely. She wanted, to come
to town and live with her son. Of
course that was impossible, and he
had told his mother so. frankly. But '
Laura had seen one of the ill-spelled
letters, and Larrimore had been
"You see, she never could learn to
spell very welL" he explained to his