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Ross. It mightily gratified him when
he learned that Ross -was doing so
much free work for Ms patients that
he had run behind on his bills and
had to borrow a few hundred dollars,
mortgaging his office furniture as se
curity. One day Judge Bishop, the leading
lawyer of the town, sent for Lysle.
When he was seated the attorney
picked up a narrow slip of paper.
"My. Lysle," he said, "I have some
important news for you. Do you re
member when you and Dr. Ross came'
"I do not wish my name coupled
with his!" scowled Lysle.
"It is necessary," proceeded the
lawyer, "for you are mutually inter
ested. , Both of you attended and
saved the life of Mr. John Parkins,
a mililonaire, who was nearly killed
in an automobile crash. Poor man!
He did not fully recover. But he ap
preciated your dual skilL He died last
week. In recognition of your serv
ices and kindness he ordered the law
yer before his death to send a cer
tified check for $10,000 to Dr. Juneau'
Lysle and Dr. Alvin Ross." There.it
is," and the judge flipped he narrow
slip of paper across the desk toward
For a moment Lysle sat spellbound.
Ten thousand dollars. was a fortune!
Then a sudden flame flashed into his
eyes. He compressed his Dps, a cruel
satirical smile wreathed them.
"As you see, Doctor Ross has in
dorsed his name on the back" Rur-
csued the lawyer. "If you will add
yours, the bank here will cash the
i check and you fortunate two can
divide the money."
The somber expression deepened on
the face of the misguided Lysle. A
isinister triumph was in his face as he
wrote his name on the back of the
scheck, but at the end directly remote
ifrom that of his brother practitioner.
b "As I understand it," he spoke in a
hot hissing tone, "one-half of this
tcheck is mine?"
"To do is-1 -like "with it?" pressed,
"Why of course." '
"Then Splomon's judgment!'
cried Lysle, with a harsh grating
laugh, "Give Ross his half. I'll keep
Snip! In a flash Lysle had snatch-
ed up a pair of shears lying on th3
lawyer's desk, with one rapid move
ment he snipped the precious check
directly in two, and arising, coolly
placed the half he had indorsed in his
"My dear sir!" expostulated the
dumfounded lawyer. i
"Just give his half to Ross," jeered
Lysle. "I hope it will help him in
paying his debts!"
He was out of the office before thd
judge could detain him. A fierce-,
wicked hatred in his heart, he fancied
he had gained his revenge against
the man he believed to have wronged
"Not a dollar of it shall he havelV
railed Lysle. "Ill see him starve, but
I'll break him, even if I have to starve
myself!" - ' I
He waited for some legal move on
the part of his fancied enemy but
none was made. Alvin Ross meekly;
sweetly accepted the hard blow the
hand of a once trusted friend had
The hatred surging in the heart df
Lysle poisoned his life. Money he
depended on failed him. He became
ilL One night he reeled into insensP
bility and for two weks lay pros1'
trated with a devouring fever.
It was the second day after regain
ing consciousness that he stirred up
as he heard the nurse in the next
room conversing confidentially with
a visiting friend.
"And, oh, my dear, what do you
think? The bankvfailed that the
check was drawn on and poor Doctor
Ross is robbed of his $5,000. And he
took it all with a smile, and when
Doctor Lysle got sick here has -paid
his nursing, and all his bills, and has
kept up his practice for him. He's