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By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Jim stood watching the light in the
window on the groimdjloor and won
dering when the old man would go
He always pulled off a coup single
handed. To that, in his opinion, he
owed his immunity from arrest. Jim
had, indeed, made the acquaintance
of tie inside of various prisons, but,
generally speaking, he had escaped
detection as a professional ciriminal.
"Go to a strange town," was his
formula. "Dress well, live well, find
out the lay of the land, make your
haul and disappear."
Jim knew that the old man in the
big house at the end of the street had
plenty of silver, and money, too, in
the big safe. There ought to be a
couple of thousand dollars. Jim had
the "soup" with him and he was only
waiting for the old man to go to bed.
He felt a little bitter as he stood
waiting there in the chill of a Novem
ber evening. But for Tom he might
have been earning a decent living.
Tom had been his brother. They had
been fellow clerks in the bank and
Tom had stolen money. We was en
gaged to be married; Jim had shoul
dered the blame. And now Tom was
doubtless living somewhere in luxu
riant ease, while Jim was a common
thief and burglar.
Jim had never forgotten the look
on his father's face when he bade him
"I've bankrupted myself to pay the
money, because our family has al
ways had a clean name," he said.
"You've escaped punishment. Go
orit and make a man of yourself and
remember your lesson. When you've
made a man of yourself don't let me
see you. That's all. Don't let me
t see your face again."
Jim. had gone out into the world to
obey. But he had no training in any-
ilbin&calcjUatedjtp grve Jum a start, in
life. He did secure a position in a
bank, but he was spotted, accused,
confessed, and found himself upon
the street again.
Then he fell in with criminals and
for five years he had ixved by his
He meant to live by his wits that
night But he felt bitter to think that
an old man's integrity had made a
thief of his son. These fits of bit-
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Suddenly Jim Realized That He Was
terness came over him at times. Then
he hated the world, and life.
There was a girl who knew all, and
knowing all, forgave alL "Come back
to me in a year, Jim, and if you have
been running straight I'll.marry you'
she had said.
That was eleven months before,
and he had tried hard desperately
hard to live decently. He had suc
ceeded until he dropped off the train
here, on his way east, and learned of
the old man in the corner houa