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"And Randal's family?"
"They don't count," asserted the
judge. ""You are the heir. The ex-
$t ecutor has- just written me, asking
L me to see and you and advise with
jt you. As your lawyerI inform you
. that there is no doubt of the legacy.
-t All you have got to do is to come to
, the city with us "
;u "Us?" repeated John.
"Yes, I was going to the city any
way," explained Miss Grinnell, sweet
ly, Vso papa dear says I had better
go at this opportunity."
"If I've got $20,000 coming to me,"
remarked John, "why don't they send
it to me?"
"Formalities, my boy," announced
'the judge effusively. -"There's some
' legal proceedings to go through. We
had better leave at once, John. And
by the way, as your lawyer, I request
that you" keep this a secret until your
John rubbed his chin reflectively.
He was quite stunned with the good
fortune announced. Still, he was
' conservative and, in a measure, sus
'"Judge," he said finally, "this, may
be all right and again it may not.
- Mind, I don't doubt your word, but it
will cost me something to visit the
city. I'll have to get a new suit 111
Xneed some cash to live there, even
, for a few days. I Lave only u little
money saved up. I hate to risk it."
. "Risk it? Risk it? shouted his
visitor. "Why, I'm so sure of my
statement that I will loan you a hun
dred or two and if the expectation
JP- faiig y0U need, never pay me back.
"That's fair," said John, in his
,10 blunt, practical way.
i It was settled that John was to get
-l ready at once. The judge never let
him out of his sight John arranged
. to have a neighbor attend to the little
4S& farm during his absence. He idnged
to see Vera and tell her the good
aaj news. The judge, however, stuck to
lee him like a brother. Two hours later,
quite a reconstructed John, the young
farmer was aboard a train, seated be- J,
side the judge's daughter, bound for
John Was quite flattered by the at-
tention of Miss Grinnell. In fact, she-
somewhat attracted him. They allp
went to the same hotel. For two days W
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deal to themselves. He claimed to ter Jl
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bate court u
Tnhn said some foolish things to his V
fair companion. In fact, she flirted M -J
quite outrageously with him. The
judge rallied him on the circum
stance. "Go in and win her, boy," he whis
pered in John's ear one day. "She's
worth it," and he chuckled and poked
John jocularly in the ribs.
Evenings they went to the theater.
It was a new and rare experience for
John. Then, as the days dragged by
and his self-appointed attorney still
professed to be settling up the case,
John began to get impatient.
One evening he overheard the
judge and his daugheter conversing.
He learned that the former was bent
on entrapDing him as a rich son-in--1
law. " -
John thought of Vera at home. He
was ashamed of having ever thought j
of any love but hers. He made a--1
sudden resolve. The next morning I
he went away on a still, personal hunt '
for the executor of his uncle's estate. ,
He was gone for several hours.
The judge scanned him closely when
he returned. K I
"Something tosay to you, John,"
he observed in a confidential way. f
"My poor girl, Ivy." r I
"Why, what about her,?' inquire
John wonderingly. V
"I see she is mouring for fear ypti.
may desert her. Why don't you,
speak out and get the engagement"''
ring at once?" '
"You think she would have me?"
asked John, with a peculiar expres
sion in his eye.
"I do," assured the lawyer.
"Perhaps not, when I tell you what
I have done," spoke John coolly. "I've