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live economically and in a
"A few years!" gasped Burton des
perately. "Yes, the slate will be wiped clean
and uncle's memory preserved free of
So Amie started in, the energetic,
loyal little woman that she was. Once
a week she allowed Burton to call
and sit with her through the evening,
waiting for customers in the old-fashioned
store. Nor was their talk all of
hope and love. Burton was a prac
tical accountant and he kept the
books of the poor, struggling business
with as much exactitude as if they
covered a big million-dollar business.
"Forty dollars net profit, Burton!"
proclaimed Annie joyously, at the end
of a moqth.. "Isn't that famous? In
two years, at that rate, the business
wjll be entirely clear of debt"
Burton groaned secretly. His hopes
rose at the end of the second month,
however. Townspeople had heard of
the noble, patient sacrifice of Amie
and had encouraged and co-operateji
with her in a practical way. Those
were delightful weeks for the lovers.
The pleasure and pride of Amie in
her cheery, ambitious business way
endeared her more than ever to Bur
ton. "There was a queer-acting man
here today, Burton," said Amie to her
fiance one evening.
"Who was that?" inquired Bur
ton. "He gave no name.- He said he
was interested in the wholesale hard
ware trade in the city and was look
ing over the general business situa
tion. He asked me all kinds of ques-
"About the business here?"
Mostly, and about how I had tak
en hold of the business. He acted
eased and interested when I told
that there was no doubt now but
,t by the end of the year I would
have the last debt paid. He talked
about poor dead uncle, too. Said he
knew him. When he -went away he I
few ! said I was proving myself a brave
little business woman and deserved
all kinds of success."
"Well, that is encouraging," com
mented Burton cheeringly. "The
man is probably some traveling sales
man trying to find out if it is safe
to sell you goods."
About a week later a novelty man
came along with a bankrupt stock of
cheap kitchen cutlery. Amie was
fully conservative, but the idea was
strong in her mind that she could
manage a bargain sale. For two
evening Burton worked on a plan of
The success of this bargain sale
was phenomenal, the profits unex
"Dear! dear! I believe I am the
happiest girl in all the world!" de
clared Amie, after a second even
more profitable "special sale." "Bur
ton, dear, over half the old debts are
already paid off and there is enough
in the bank to settle all the rest, and,
would you believe it, a small surplus."
. "You are simply the most wonder
ful girl in the world," enthused Bur
ton. Just a week after the mysterious
visit of the old man, so full of in
quiries, Amie got ready to close up
the store one evening. It was the
first, except Sundays, since she had
assumed charge of the business. Bur
ton had convinced her that they both
had earned a brief vacation. There
was a dramatic entertainment of un
usual interest in the next town and
they had decided to attend the same.
"Oh, dear!" exclaimed Amie, as she
followed Burton, carrying in some of
the samples of tools exhibited on a
stand outside the door.
"What is it?" asked Burton.
"A man see, there he is now, hov
ering the next doorway. He peered
out at me so strangely."
"What are you lurking about here
for?" demanded Burton, stepping
promptly past Amie and staring- fix- a
edly at the form shrinking from view
in the doorway near by.