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By Florence Lillian Henderson
, "It's your duty, Eloise. You should
look up this guardian.
and call him to time.
"I certainly do not like his meth
g ods," responded Eloise Thayer. "I
cwish brother Earle was home. He
would take this matter in hand."
jl "Why don't you just go to the city
j and give this lawyer, Rolfe, a piece of
ji "I believe I will do so, auntie. It
c-seems to me it is my duty."
n. The speaker, however, did not look
( as though she coveted the task set for
jjhex. One year previously she and her
-brother Earl had inherited an estate
' valued at about $20,000 from their
i 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,
j 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
mot 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 ii&ppy time before settling down to
business life. Now she had not heard
i 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
started for the cityto 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 mexperi-
ii 1 1 f I
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Four Times She Repeated the Calls
enced in city ways. The hurry and
bustle of the streets had confused
her. She stoodbefore 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.
lawyer she had read about, Eloise 1 Eloise supposed the usual occupants