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By May Bennett Earle
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Something tangible!" pronounced
Richard Thorpe, with.a self satisfied
smack of his fat sensual lips and a
gloating glance around the establish
ment of -which he was proprietor.
As he spoke the venerable money
grabber ran one hand deep down into
a sample bin of coffee beans and let
them sift through his fingers with a
sense of proud ownership. He in turn
swept his pudgy hand along the
scores of glass and tin receptables
stored with tea, sugar and spices.
"Something tangible, young man,"
he said unctuously, "property the
visible evidence of things material.
That's my motto and business pre
cept. Something I can weigh and
sell. You come to me with an airy
fairy story. Where's evidence, sir, the
His visitor looked embarrassed,
confused and disappointed all at the
same time. He was a lithe, handsome
young fellow, with a clear ingenuous
face, well burned burned by a trop
"Sir," he said, arising to his feet,
"I come to you in good faith from Mr.
Travis in far away Ceylon. He was
my employer, my true friend until
he died. He was your faithful repre
sentative there, as you know. When
the fire came that swept away your
entire establishment in Ceylon, in
trying to save your property he sus
tained a fall from the effects of which
he died. Before his last moments ar
rived he called me to his bedside and
gave me the message I have just de
livered." "The phantasy of a disordered
brain," remarked Thorpe.
"I cannot think that," responded
Vernon Davis. "Mr. Travis was too
i - to deceive and his mind was per-
loar. All his thoughts were of
iaughter He told me to
recall to your attention
the fact that when he went to Cey
lon he was to be considered a fourtn
partner in that branch of your busi
ness, provided he made it succeed.
He did succeed. He waited for you
to make some recognition of the fact.
He Iiad a written agreement that cov
ered the subject."
"Produce it," sugegsted Thorpe.
"It was destroyed in the fire."
"Ah!" observed the merchant with
a crafty smile, "then I must decline
to discuss the subject further."
"You deny the evidence of any
Produce It," Suggested Thorpe
parnership agreement, then?" chal
"Have you proofs of any?"
"Only moral evidence. Sir, I am
going to appeal to you in a new way.
The last anxious thought of Mr. Tra
vis was concerning his daughter,
Bertha. The disaster of the fire
makes her penniless. She is left
a young girl at school, without a dol
lar or relative in the world."
"She cannot expect any assistance
from me," declared the hard-hearted
merchant "I don't deal in sentiment,