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of the room to be absent temporarily.
She went down to the street again
and looked into the store windows for
a spell. Then she returned to the of
fice building. Again she tried the
door still locked.
Four times during the morning she
repeated thecalL There was disap
pointment each time. She went to
the house of the friend of her aunt
where she was stopping and recited
"In my opinion this lawyer is keep
ing out of your way," said the lady,
who was old and cranky and suspi
cious, just like Aunt Huldah.
"Oh, do you think so?" murmured
the distressed Eloise. "Thatwhat am
I going to do?"
"Consult some other lawyer."
"I will try to reach Mr. Rolfe once
more first," decided Eloise. "I hope
he hasn't runaway with all the prop
erty and money belonging to Earle
"Just as likely," returned her cross
grained consoler. "This wicked world
is full of crooked men."
Eloise went to the offce building
after dinner. Again she found the
door locked. She walked slowly past
adjoining offices.. The door of-one
was open. Had it not been so she
woukLhave been able to see the same
names as were on the closed door
and the word in large letters: "En
Seated at a desk in a neatly fur
nished inner room, Eloise made out
a young man. At a glance his hand
some, open face attracted her. She
decided if he was a lawyer and she
needed one it would be a bright, in
telligent young man like himself she
"Oh, dear, I feel so flustered. Every
thing is so strange to me," breathed
Eloise timorously. "I must do some
thing, though, to settle this matter,"
and she entered the office and con
fronted the young man at the desk.
' - "ni don nif " she said, "but
T am n stranger in the citv and wish
, ui. Awui some lawyer." j
The young man sprang up all cour
tesy. He bowed her to a chair.
"I am an attorney, miss," he- said.
"Can I be of service to you?"
"I hope you can," replied Eloise,
and she handed him her card. "I have
come to the city to see my guardian,
or rather the man in charge of the
estate of my dead uncle. My friends
fear he is not that is, attending to
the affairs of my brother and myself
as well as he should. I have tried all
morning to reach him in his office but
have not succeeded."
If Eloise had not been so confused
she would have observed a strange
expression come over the face of her
companion. He appeared about to
break out into speech. Then he bit
bis lips, looked startled, then serious,
and finally said:
"I shall be pleased to have you
state your case, Miss Thayer."
Eloise did so. She was too gentle
hearted to accuse Mr. Rolfe of delibr
erate fraud, but she made a clear,
plain statement of the circumstances.
- 'If you will leave your present city
address I will look up this matter and
advise you this evening," he said. -
Eloise went home, feeling that she
had placed her business in competent
"So intelligent looking! He just
seemed to see through the case in a
flash." Eloise told her landlady. (Jo
wonder!) "And so well, so hand
some, too." (And she blushed.)
The lawyer called that evening. It
took him he called himself Mr. Ed
wards an hour, although it took him
only five minutes to state that he
could not settle with Mr. Rolle for,
a day or two.
He called the next evening and he
stayed two hours. At leaving he told
rioter tbit if she would call at his oc?
fice the following morning he would
have ine delinquent monthly pay
ments for her.
"You had better return home then,
Miss Thayer," he advised, "and in a
week I will see that this this negli
gent rascal of a Rolfe sends you a