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By Florence Lillian Henderson
"It's your duty, Eloise. You should
look up this guardian of yours at once
and call him to time.""--
"I certainly do not like his meth
ods," responded Eloise Thayer. "I
wish brother Earle was home. He
would take this matter in hand."
"Why don't you just go to the city
and give this lawyer, Rolf e, apiece of
"I believe I will do so, auntie. It
seems to me it is my duty."
The speaker, however, did not look
as though she coveted the task set for
her. One year previously she and her
brother Earl had inherited an estate
valued at about $20,000 from their
Uncle Reuben Thayer. The latter
had left the settlement of the estate
in the hands of Adrian Rolfe, whom
Eloise had never seen.
At the end of six months Eloise
was notified that the estate had been
adjusted and that her share was $10,
000. This was invested in improved
real estate, the income from which
was $600 per annum. Her brother
Earle was to receive cash and secur
ities. He went to the city and did
not return. His great hope for years
had been to travel abroad. He wrote
to Eloise that at last he had his
Eloise was glad that he was having
a happy time before settling down to
business life. Now she had not heard
from him for some months. This
worried her somewhat. Then her
guardian was acting strangely. She
had been planning to secure quite a
sum of money through the sale of a
small piece of property Uncle Reuben
had left her, to help her Aunt Hul
dah build an addition to her home. To
this the city lawyer had paid no at
tention. Two monthly payments had
been passed. What was wrong?
Something so, picturing one of
those avaricious, grasping ogres of a
lawyer she had read about, Eloise ,
started for the city to demand an ex
planation for these irregularities.
Eloise had the address of the law
yer, but first went to install herself
at the home of a friend of her aunt,
not knowing but that her business in
the city might take several days.
Her aunt had filled her mind with
decided prejudice against Lawyer
Rolfe. Eloise set her lips very firmly
as she reached the address of the at
torney's office. She was inexperi-
Four Times She Repeated the Calls
enced in city ways. The hurry and
bustle of the streets had confused
her. She stood before a door on the
second floor of a big office building.
It bore the name of Adrian Rolfe.
There were the names of other attor
neys also. The hall was somewhat
dim. Eloise did not notice in smaller
lettering: "Entrance at No. 16."
She tried the door. It did not give.
Eloise supposed the usual occupants