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and she saw no prospect of -ever re
ceiving $25 to start. What -would her
ability count against the magic of
That she lacked sorely, and she
only waited while the inexorable
months flew by. She was too honest
to look for another position until Bry
ant & Co. dispensed with her services.
So she did nothing and it was a week
before Crashaw was to leave that
the blow fell.
It came in the shape of a curt of
ficial letter, intimating that her serv
ices would be no longer required one
week from that date.
Little Miss Thatcher had not nerved
herself for the blow, though she had
expected it so long. She cried all
night and went down ft the office the
next morning with a red nose.
All that day Crashaw kept her
busier than ever before In his private
office. It was not until five o'clock
that he leaned back in his chair and
watched Miss Thatcher attentively.
He was chuckling to himself, kindly
man that he was. He had known
that Miss Thatcher would be dis
charged, and he had arranged to take
her over on his staff with the original
Bryant, who was starting another
business. He knew that the new peo
ple, with their tricky ways would
eventually have to go under, and per
mit Bryant to buy back the control.
But he needed Miss Thatcher, and he
had always felt sorry for her.
Somehow her clothes seemed old
maidish; and he was sure' that she
was a devotee of the chafing dish.
He wished she had some good man to
take care of her.
u She was never pretty, and not in
the least degree so at the present
time, with her eyes swollen from
weeping, and her nose decidedly pink.
The treasurer knew that she was
worried over having to go.
'. As a matter of fact, Miss Thatcher
was almost equally worried over their
impending separation. Six years of
office companionship cannot but
'mean a good deal. And though she
i knew her day-nireama svere foolish
ness, still they persisted, even though
this cataclysm that had come on
both of them.
"Well, Miss Thatcher, I have given
you a lot of work today," said Cra
shaw, "but there will be very little
more. And now I have a greatend I
trust pleasant surprise for you. Miss
Thatcher, there Is something I want
to tell you."
Little Miss Thatcher was totally
unable to prevent the electric thrill
that ran through her. The very
word ! It was coming at last ! Amazed
at her prescience, she only stared at
Crashaw with her weepy eyes.
"Since yom have been here," he re
sumed, "your work and your devotion
have inspired me with the greatest
admiration. Miss Thatcher "
The treasurer broke off in aston
ishment Miss Thatcher, always so
staid and self possessed, was weeping
on his shoulder. And then she looked
up at him with a face that was so
radiant that the treasurer was no
flonger astonished only glad.
He did not know how it happened,
either, but his arm had fallen about
her is the most natural way in the
world. Mr. Crashaw was so very big,
and Miss Thatcher so frail, that
there was one position toward which
they inevitably gravitated. In fact, if
any office boy had happened to enter
at the moment he 'would have seen
Miss Thatcher seated almost not
quite, for the chair's edge did inter
pose a tiny edge well, on the treas
"My dear " faltered Crashaw,
wondering how such a wonderful
piece of luck had come to him, and
whether he had blurted out anything
which might have been construed as
That was the time when Miss
Thatcher altogether forgot the rest
of the daydream. For she only raised
her eyes to Crashaw's and whispered:
"Yes. I will. Of course, I wilL"
And Crashaw found himself glad
der than he had even been la his lif
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