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By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright by WTG-.Chapman.)
The little Welshman and Van Tre
vor looked at each other in the rich
man's library. The little Welshman
was obviously in need of a job, Van
Trevor thought A sense of com
passion rose up in him as he inspected
the shabby figure.
"Well, Mr. Evans?" he inquired
"I have come with reference to that
advertisement for a man to catalogue
your books," said Evans. His heart
was thumping madly. He was des
perately afraid Van Trevor would see
his need and cut down the salary.
"You are acquainted with the class
ics, I believe?" inquired Van Trevor.
"Yes, sir. I studied Greek and Lat
in at Cardiff university. I know
French and German, a little Hebrew,
some Spanish "
Van Trevor extended his hand cor
dially. "My dear fellow, that is sat
isfactory," he said. "The work should
last about three months. You un
derstand it is not permanent, of
course?" he added.
"I only need it for the summer,
sir," replied the little Welshman. "I
am studying at the Theological sem
inary. I have a means of working off
our board after the term begins."
He hesitatel. The use of the plural
form had betrayed what he had not
been anxious to reveal. "My wife and
myself," he explained, hesitating.
Van Trevor nodded. "Well, my
dear fellow, about the salary," he
said. "Would er forty dollars a
week be satisfactory?"
The little Welshman could not re
strain a gasp. He had expected twen
ty and had hoped daringly for twenty
five. "That's settled, then," said Van
i Trevor. "And now, Mr. Evans, you
'must lunch with me and meet Mrs.
Mrs. Van Trevor proved to be a
little, vivacious brunette. She shook
hands with Evans cordially and they
sat down to lunch in a magnificently
furnished room, while a butler served
Evans was conscious of a painful
diffidence. A gentleman by birth, a
long period of hardship had made him
self-conscious. He wondered whether
"She's Too Good for That Little
he was using his knife and fork cor
rectly. The Van Trevors seemed
sticklers for etiquette. In Wales one
met all classes upon a free and easy
basis; here there seemed to be a con
ventional ritual, a little different and
puzzling. The Van Trevors drew him
out about his wife. "You must bring