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By George Elmer Cobb
Copyright by W. G. Chapman)
tYou've got to go ftswork, sir!" de
clared old Ezra Porter stormily.
MYou haven't raised me to work
and, I don't know how to do It," re
plied his nephew and heir, Ronald
Dunetan, not impertinently, yet with
a shade of defiance in his tone.
"Then what did you waste five
years on an education for?" snarled
the i irate old man.
"General knowledge and training'
replied Ronald calmly. "It led to my
winning the prize in oratory. I came
to "you the finished article and told
you my bent. You wouldn't have it.
Your heart is set on my being a phy
sician. "Why, sir, I'd break down at
the first patient! I can't bear the
sight of pain and distress."
"All right then," berated Mr. Por
ter,, "start out and earn your own
living. Until you do, I disown you."
"I shall have to do that, I fear, since
you. insist upon it," observed Donald
in 'his usual smiling, imperturable
w&y. "It may be hard at the start,
for 'your kindness has spoiled me, but
I will try and ke'ep resp.ectable."
"Ugh!" growled the old tyro, fairly
wrathful because he could not fright
enithis independent young1 man into
becoming humility. "As a penniless
"adventurer, I hope you will not have
the premption to continue your at
teations to Miss Delevan."
VOh, Constance?" Intimated Ron
ald? aad actually looked happy and
hopeful, and old Ezra thrashed
around anew at this further exas
perating evidence of the perfect con
fidence of his nephew in himself aad
the future. "Why, sir, we are en
gaged." "Her father .will settle that. For
the Jase time the medical profes
right royal and powerful honest old
first, my dear uncle," railed Ronald.
"The world is wide. I'll hit some
thing' "You'll, hit poverty and disgrace,
young man!" blustered Ezra Porter.
"I'm through with you.-"
It was pretty lonesome for the old
man when, he saw the last of hi& irre
pressible relative oing down- the
road, whltsling cheerily and waving
'Next to Clean Hands and Faces Is
hishand back ,at histoid home, smil
ingys orightly as though its owner
was Btsuiuug niui uu uu a. weu-
financed pleasure trip around the
Then hewent down to the counter-
part of his own fine mansion, the"
home of the Delev&as. He, evaded
pretty, anxious Cob stance, who gave
him a pleading, reproachful look. To
"Then the book is closed!"
"With a characteristic slam of your
Iher father he said confidentially:
'1 hope you see the necessity and
" i.C if jL, " .