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NORA FINNERTY'S SIN
By George Munson
Paddy Sheehan looked at Tim Mur
phy with withering scorn. At least,
it would have withered any young
man with less self-assurance, but
Tim did not seem immediately af
fected by it He stood regarding the
older man with a complacent smile.
'"You want to marry my Kathleen?"
roared the ex-alderman. w'Who are
you? A penniless pup, a a "
"To quote your own -words, Mr.
Sheehan, .were you not a penniless
pup yourself once?" inquired Tim.
"I was sor. And proud of ut," an
swered the bid man, relapsing into his
native dialect "And I made a mil
lion for meself by honest labor. When
you've got started on the same way
you can show your face here again
not till then. Will you get out or
will I throw you out?"
That terminated the interview. But
in justice to Paddy it must be said
he secretly admired the young man
and did not bear him any malice on
account of his lack of means. He
knew that Tim had the makings of a
successful man, even though he was
at present struggling along as a clerk
in an insurance office. The fact was,
he treasured his only child somuch
that he could not bear the thought of
This possibility so preyed upon his
mind that he resolved to put into ex
ecution a plan he had long projected.
"Kathleen, girl," he said to his
daughter, "you may as well put the
idea of that young pup out of your
head. We're going to Ireland, which
I haven't seen since I was a boy. We
will see the old home, and and Nora
Fmnerty. Maybe she's married now
and maybe she ain't"
Kathleen knew all about her fa
ther's boyish sweetheart, whom he
j "? promised to marry when he sailed
prfca years before. He had
nother woman, but the
bis first love had always 1
been green with him. Now he meant
to look her up, gossip a bit and return
to Chicago rejuvenated from his con
tact with the soil of his native land.
It is probable that, in spite of her
father's injunctions, Kathleen did
contrive to see Tim before sailing.
Anyway, hardly had the ship passed
Sandy Hook than Mr. Sheehan,
strolling upon the deck came face
to face with the young man.
"What are you doing here, you
scoundrel?" he shouted.
''Pardon me, Mr. Sheehan," replied
the young fellow, blandly, "but I
"You're Following Me."
think I am entitled to take passage
aboard this ship." '
"You're following me and Kath
leen," foared the exasperated father.
"No, sir. I am on my way home to.
Ireland tcj visit my mother."
"If I see you speaking to Kathleen
I'll I'll throw you into the engine
room," warned Paddy, shaking his