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lied its owner, if, as it seemed from
the clear eyes, a prompting heart,
true and lovable, inspired that at
tractive friendly gleam.
At length the arduous quest of the
investigator was rewarded. At a
quaint little country town Vance
Merton 'located the missing heiress.
He spent several days in making in
quiries. He watched from a distance
the modest young girl, who was
working as a seamstress. He had
fancied in the past that he loved a
woman. He knew better now, for
real affection filled his soul and glor
ified his nature.
Then Vance Merton did a selfish
thing. He neglected his mission, hfe-
forgot all about nis duty to Lawyer
Doyce. Hererwas a fresh, charming
girl, unspoiled by experience, content
and happy in a humble sphere of life.
"What might not the possession of
wealth and luxury and idleness do to
change ..that sterling nature?
Vance secured an introduction to
iht nhieri inf Mn esteem. He courted
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ner, ne learnea mat ner moaesi, sen-, ly, ana tnen a suaaen conjecture asf
sible tastes were akin to his own. He
proposed tand was accepted.
He ignored Lawyer Dpyce as thor
oughly as though he were totally for
gotten.) 'Vance managed to get his
savings together. Hebought a sweet
httle home and they settled down to
love in a cottage.
Perhaps six months had" 'gone by
when something occurred. This
"something" was Lawyer Doyce. The
old skinflint had not heard' a word
from his young agent and had won
dered at the fact. He had started
others out to try and locate the young
helres's. All had failed. He about
gave up the search and the case
Some business one day took him to
Verden. This was the town where
yance was now employed in th&locaj,
bank. Doyce did not chance to run
across him there, but, by a -chance
persistency of fate he did happen to
He was not tired and thirsty, anJ
he politely asked the young mistress,
of the place to give him a drinkoj
Kind-hearted, hospital Eunice in
vited him into the cool, shady parlor.
She brought him a glass of water and
a fan and invited him to sit down
and rest himself.
"Hello," suddenly exclaimed Doycej
and his eyes goggled.
"Why what " began the startled
Then she noted that the eyes of hetf
random guest were fixed upon a
framed portrait on the wall that of
her husband, Vance Merton. JJ
"Who may I ask who is that?''
inquired Doyce, desperately excited.
"Mjr husband," answered Eunice;
flushing prettily and proudly.
"Why, I know him!" cried the law!
yer. "It is Vance Merton." f
"Yes, sir," replied Eunice. "If you
are a friend of his he will certainly
be glad to see you." -'
H'm!" muttered Doyce, musing
sailed his shewd mind. He gradual!
led the unsuspecting Eunice to tail?
of her history and marriage.
"Eunice Purcell I've found herP
he gloated to himself. That rascaf
Vance captured the prize on the sly,
eh? And left me in the dark! I'll bet
he's collected the estate from the law
yers in the east without letting me
know a thing about it Clever schem
Doyce arose to his feet as Vanc
himself entered the house.
"Why hello!" half started, half
smiled the discomfited Doyce.
"Yes, it's me," observed Doyce.
say, young man, I see you've got th
"Why what does he mean?" mui
mured Eunice, clinging to her hus
band, vaguely bewildered. f
"I mean the $20,000 estate left td
There Vance sprang forward and
blunder right up to the doorway of clapped his hand across the lips of
the"Merton home.-- the rude speaker. , T
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