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"She'll be too old to marry him he
fore he gets a raise," growled Moss.
"And if they do marry we'll know
where the money comes from."
Five, six, seven years passed. The
detectives were less obtrusive now.
but they still followed Jim Fleming.
He was still liable to return home to
find that some one had tampered with
A his desk or trunk. He knew that
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not know that Moss had conceived a
stubborn 'admiration for the man he
regarded as the most successful crim
inal of the age.
'Jim, dear, I have saved up 1,000,'"
said Myra one day. ".Let us be mar
He shook his head grimly. He
would not marry her until the bank
had officially pronounced the stain
upon his character wiped away. He
had often urged Myra to release him.
But she refused to do so.
"I'll stand by you till the end,' dear,"
By this time the directors had';
come to waver in their opinion of,
Jim. Traps had" been laid for him,'
opportunities placed in his way. He
evaded them and did not seem to rec
ognize them. He still remained paying-
teller. His salary should have
been $1,750. The bank was making
$1,000 a year out of him. Half that
money went to the detective agency,
but still Jim had almost made up
the missing money.
The town was growing. At last it
wasdecided to build a new bank. It
had outgrown its limited premises. A
magnificent structure of marble was
going up. New desks and counters
had already been installed and on the
day when the papers and money were
removed the old fixtures would be
turned over to the junk man.
Everything was ready at last. The
manager was superintending the re
moval of the money. Old Moss stood
grimly by, watching the ceremony.
Jim opened his drawer, which be had
pulled out and closed so many thou
sands of times during the course of I
his service iiv the bank. He took out
the bills and packages of coins and
handed them to the manager, who
counted them and placed them in the
safe, which stood in the main office,
ready for removal.
The drawer had stuck for the first
time in all those years. Jim pulled
it out half w.ay. It would come out
Moss, seeing him tugging, strolled
up. The manager was looking at
him. From her seat at her typewrit
er Jim saw Myra looking at him. He
tugged and tugged, and the drawer
would not budge.
It was astonishing what electricity
there seemed to be in the atmosphere.
Somehow everybody felt that this in
cident of the drawer sticking had an
important bearing upon-the situation
with regard to Jim. Vague sispicions,
borne in the minds of all, began to
crystalize. Jfm felt himself growing
red. He pulled with all his might.
Suddenly he was lying upon his
back, with the empty, broken drawer
upon his chest, and the old counter
broken into half a dozen pieces.
It had stood for so many years that
it had grown as dry as tinder from
the steam heat, and now, as if pro
testing at its being consigned to the
junk shop, had yielded up its life in a
final protest against being discarded.
Suddenly the manager utter an ex
clamation and stooped down. From
a crevice he extracted three new
$1,000 bills. He held them up signif
icantly. Moss came forward. Jim
got up and stood staring at them
speechlessly. Then, with a cry, Myra
ran from her place and flung her
arms around Jim and stood facing
them all with love and defiance upon
It was easy to see what had hap
pened. The three bills had slipped
back when the drawer was opened
and had lodged at the back in a crev
ice of the counter. Jims hands must
have wandered above them a score of
times a, day and he had never guessed.
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