Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
months previous he had been unex
pectedly lifted from a small paying
clerkship to what was to him posi
tive affluence. His uncle had left him
' $10,000 in cash. There was not the
trace of an evil streak in his easy
going, harmless nature, but Rodney
went mad with delight He had nev
1er had more than a few dollars ahead
in all his life and now he imagined
himself a Croesus. He furnished a
flat, he hired a servant, he purchased
an automobile, he fitted out an ele
gant wardrobe. He became the envy
of all the youths of the town.
There were no champagne suppers
nor reckless rioting. Rodney simply
spent his money. He distributed gen
erously among needy friends, he gave
expensive luncheons and trips to
near summer resorts.
Quite incidentally he had learned
of the existence of the Wilsons and
the circumstances surrounding the
estate. The result has been shown.
He was quick in his convictions,
speedy to act. Two days later Rod
ney took the train for Mayville, the
" little town where the Wilsons lived.
Inquiry he made upon his arrival
emphasized his first information that
the Wilsons were very poor and very
worthy. He saw a local attorney
through whom Wells was to transmit
the odd six thousand dollars that was
left of the legacy. Then he located
the home of the Wilsons,
a It was a wretchedly old and rickety
cottage at the edge of the town, but
it had clean curtains, its little porch
"floor was white and untracked, the
'flowers about well trained and
"trimmed. A young girl who moved
nhis fancy mightily sat on the steps
reading to a patient-faced old man.
A joyous light shone in the eyes of
'Rodney Bliar. What happiness and
comfort was he bringing to these
-two unfortunates! It was well worth
J.he sacrifice to see them lifted from
"hard grinding poverty to a compe--'tence.
J The twain did not see Rodney as he
approached. The fair girl concluded
her reading and snuggled up affec
tionately to her father.
"I can't think of anything but our
rare good fortune?" Rodney heard her
say in a hopeful, happy voice. "Think
fof it, dear father twenty dollars a
month and board for both of us at
the new school post! Oh, how grate
ful we should be! Life looks all sun
shine and roses!"
Twenty dollars a month and se
renely happy over it! Rodney stole
from the spot What deserving peo
ple! What radiant faith and content
ment! Ah, more than ever must he
left those two to their rightful posi
tion! He returned to Leighton and the
money was sent to the lawyer at
Mayville with a full explanation.
There came a wire from him the next
day: "Miss Wilson refuses to take
the money from its rightful owner."
Two words only Rodney telegraphed
back: "She must"
Then he tried to forget his brief
experience in "The Life." He suc
ceeded, except for a memory of the
sweet, glowing face of the beautiful
l-gifl he had seen at Mayville.
He secured cheap board, ne looked
for work, flis old position was filled.
The only job he could find was dig
ging a drainage ditch for a farmer
at the edge of the village. To dig
ging, honestly and industriously
Rodney applied himself.
He was whistling cheerily two days
later, when, four feet down in the ex- "
cavation, he looked up in surprise,
and dazzling at the silvery-toned
"This is Mr. Blair, I believe?"
It was the girl of his dreams; He
blushed, he bowed, and looked em
barrassed. "I have brought you back your
money," she spoke definitely. "We
have no right to it, but never, will
we forget the kindliness, the most un
selfish act that has blessed our lives!
There it is."
He put hands steadfastly behind