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By Norma Everett Deane.
Lawyer Abel Doyce loved money,
pis office man, -Vance Merton. de
spised it. The latter had seen his em
ployer grow selfish and mean under
the malign influence of the god of
.j. More than that, young Merton had
known the hateful power of money
in other forcible instances. His
father had been rich. Within a week
Vance had seen his entire fortune
dissipated in a reckless speculation.
Then those who had courted the Mer
tons turned their backs on them.
Worse than that, the girl whom
Vance, fancied he loved coldly re
Bitter in a way, but infinitely wiser,
Vance had ignored the society that
joad deluded him. He had gone to
work for Lawyer Doyce, knowing
him to be a close, penurious man, but
rather liking him because lie was con
sistent in his faults. Doyce made no
hypocritical claims to philanthropy or
moral merit. They got along pretty
well together. Vance made and
saved some money.
He had a mental vision he hoped to
inake true to some day go "far from
the madding crowd" and in some
pretty countryside, where hearts
were not polluted, lead a peaceful,
happy life, undisturbed by the
promptings of ambition and unas
sailed with hypocrisy , envy, mean
ness. "Big case, Merton,," briskly an
nounced the wizened old limb of the
aw one morning.
"That so?" nodded Vance, in his
quiet, undemonstrative way.
"Yes. Heiress wanted. Orphan
girl. Not a big estate probably only
$20,000, but there's a good fee in it.
You did stunningly well in finding the
Warrington heirs. Try this case."
, "All right, give me the details."
These were simple. One Eunice
Purcell was sole inheritor of the es-,
tjitte of a deceased uncle. Miss Pur
cell had lefther native town five
years previous. No trace6f her'since.
Vance started on his quest.
He was a good deal of a thinker,
and as well considerable of & detec
tive. Within a week he was close on
the trail of the much-wanted heiress.
A poor, humble girl, Eunice Purcell,
had gone out into the world to earn
her own living. Vance located her at
"Big Case, Merton."
several towns. In all of these she had
secured work as seamstress, clerk in
dry goods stores, in one instance as
companion to a wealthy lady. Vance
took additional interest inthe case, as
everywhere he received pleased euloT
giums upon her sweet simplicity and"
sterling integrity of character. Final
ly he had a sight of her photograph.
He did not exactly fall in love "with Its
original, but, in a longing, speculative
way he wondered if that fair face b&
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