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& h A NEW LIFE
a -By Egbert Warring
jri (Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
-ac-Wthiin the spacepf a brief flitting
minute, Dr. Abernathy-spoke half a
u;dozen words that pronounced the
jsgaeming doom of Walter Thome.
b Within an hour the young man in
ui question had analyzed the situation
fxsd was philosophically resigned to
91$:. Then he proceeded to his office
and called in his confidential books-keeper.
jo "Close up everything," he ordered
-rfkriefly. "I am going.out of business."
)eijThe man of figures gasped. He
s-jwjas familiar, however, with the per
emptory ways of his employer and
tirade no resmark.
'jbI "I shall turn our commissions over
fo. Jones & Co.," proceeded Thome,
.)and they probably will re-employ
ilhe office force."
HiewWithin the week Thome saw a new
ncname on the glittering plate glass
ojidndows, paid up all his debts, sent
o.to his uncle in another city the cap--bAtal
he had supplied ta start him in
business, and gave up his elegant
iv.club. A friend came to see him at
jutbe hotel where he was stopping tem
jPorarily. adl "What's this I hear, Thome?" he
-iKphallenged. "You-are leaving us?"
"Must," assented Walter in his
gnPharacteristic sententious way.
tire "For good?"
sit "Forever," was the solemn re
risponse. -bj- "Oh, going to get married?"
, Walter smiled at this. Scarcely!
-liiAnd he shook his head in positive'ne-
-j "Going abroad?"
a "No, not that far. You see,, my
jo-physician has given me just six
months to liye. Something wrong
inside of me. Incurable, fatal, he
tesays. I'm going on a hike to put in
,bljthe time. vHave a fancy to find some
jdieaceful rural spot to die in.Good-by."
Walter spoke from set text The
doctor had tola him ;just that. He had
advised Northern Arkansas. He had;
set the six- months', -life limit very
Walter wasorry but-resigned.- He
counted up-hiaresoutces, all liquid
and ampuntfag.' to some twenty,
thousand dollars. ' ;
He had donated half of that tp a
schooJL for- indigent juvenij.es. Five
thousand dollars he "had Bent toa
poor, remote' relative. He calculated
His Mind. Grew Serene, His Soul
that $l,00Dcwojild.be abundant to die
on,-and the other four went in indis-r
Walter finally settled on -the Oeark
mountain region as a final destina
tion. He approached tie same by
slow stages. The last 100 mBeg he
made on foot, He felt weary at
times. The lack of-hope and ambi
tion gave him' a motiveless sensation.