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A MAN'S PAST-
By John Cramer
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Home, the grqcer of the busy little
Long Island town,' looked up quizzi
cally at the young fellow who stood
"Looking for a job, eh?" he asked,
surveying his rather furtive expres
sion. "What's your name?"
"James Bennett," answered the
other, and wondered whether it was
Home's kindly face that made him
tell the truth against his will.
"City boy and struck these parts,
eh?" continued Home. "Well, it's
pretty hard to get jobs these times,
but, I tell you what I'll do, Bennett.
I haven't got any job in this store
just now, but I want a man about
my farm to help with the milking and
gardening. But pshaw! I was for
getting. You're city bred."
! "No, sir," answered Bennett. "Bred
in Massachusetts, sir. Lived 'in the
city that's all."
"And you know how to milk?"
"I used to milk, five years ago,"
said Bennett, a slow flush creeping
over his features. ,
"Then you go straight up that road
and ask for Mr. Home's farm," said
the grocer. "When you come to it
go in and tell Minnie, my daughter,
that you're the new hand I've hired.
And if you've got a suitcase, take it
along with you."
Bennett thanked Home rather sur
lily and slouched out of the store.
Home watched him critically. He
was wondering at the weazened look
on his face.
"Now I wonder what made me
trust tha't fellow," he muttered.
Bennett's eyes were filled with un
wonted tears as he made his way up
the village street It was the first
time in months that anybody had
spoken kindly to him.
A few minutes after Bennett had
left Home's store, Home received a
visit from a stranger which made him
very thoughtful. In fact, he closed
his store a half hour ahead of time
and hurried to his house.
Minnie met him at the gate and
gave him a hug. She was a pretty
girl of 20, and growing more like her
mother every day, her father would
declare. He took her by the hands
and tried to read her eyes.
"New hand come?" he-asked.
"Yes, and he's a dandy, father," de
clared the girl. "He went right to
"No, Sir," Answered Bennett.
work in the garden and he's there
Home whistled. He" had come to
rely a good deal upon his daughter's
judgment. Still he could not keep
the fellow after ihe inspector had told
him that he had a prison record. But
he decided not to tell Minnie. t
He strolled over to where Bennett
was working in the garden. He stood
watching the young fellow at work.
Bennett has certainly performed won
ders. Home was sorry for him. 4