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up. Mike could have told Jim Ellery
what was wrong, why the cheap flax
was unable to take the aniline. But
Mike was only a laborer, remember.
The lawyer came on a Sunday, and
Mike got out of bed. to receive him,
apologizing for his fibwered dress
ing gown, which Nora had made for
him the last Christmas.
The lawyer waved his apologies
"Listen to me carefully, Mr. Dona
hue," he said. "You should by right
have had better treatment from Mr.
Ellery than you had."
"I don't know," said Mike, stub
bornly loyal to the memory of the
Ellery he had once known and loved.
"He kept his word by me."
"He repented on his deathbed,"
said the lawyer. "He left you a half
share in the mill and made you man
ager for life. That will was sup
pressed by Mr. James Ellery. He is
at your mercy now, for all has come
to light I represent an interest
which wants to buy the mill and give
publicity to the affair."
"Yes, sir," said Mike.
"A warrant can be sworn out for
Mr. Ellery's arrest We can get an
injunction tying up the money "
"What for would you be tying up
the money?" demanded Mike.
The lawyer started to explain all
over again. Mike listened patiently.
"Well, you see," explained, "my
daughter's married to him. So it
wouldn't do to bring her into dis
grace, would it?"
"But she has neglected you," said
the lawyer. "It is a scandal. And the
mill is half yours. We want to buy
your interest It is worth four hun
dred thousand dollars at least And
you will have the position of man
"Well, you see," said Mike, '2 have
a life job here. And a manager is
sort of uncertain. And then, what
would we be doing with four hundred
thousand dollars at our age? No, mis
ter, nobody's going to jockey me out
of my job. I earn my ten, and I'll
go on earning it till I die. And say!
If there's any trouble about Jim, just
remember that he's a good boy, and
I stand by him to the last penny of
my four hundred thousand. Remem
ber that will you?"
It was Ellery's lawyer who came
next He came humbly, to beg Mike
to consent to an agreement whereby
he could wriggle out of his liabilities
and escape the charge of fraud. Mike
signed the papers without looking
particularly. He only assured him
self that his job was not being taken
away from him.
"You see," he explained to the law
yer, who had the grace to look
ashamed, "now that there's only the
wife to take care for, I guess my ten
a week will provide for us won't it,
And all his anger against his daugh
ter died. It was his money, after all,
that was buying her those gowns, had
bought the car, was providing for her
If he had pressed Ellery he would
have been a rich man, but life would
have been utterly empty for him.
Because he relinquished all, he gain
ed all. For the day came when his
daughter kneeled before him and
Nora, imploring for forgiveness.
"All that we have is yours," she
said. "Forgive us! Jim wants you
to Jive with us, and and you can
keep your job if you want to, and
and when baby comes we're going to
name him Michael, or Nora, if it's a
girl. Won't you come, father?
"Sure and I'll come," said Mike,
clapping on his hat, to find vent for
his emotion. "But I keep the job,
Henry Jenkins, who was born in
Yorkshire, Eng., in 1501 and died in
1670, cut off at the tender age of 169,
remembered well the battle of Flod
den field, which took place in 1513.
In his young manhood, when a little
over the century mark, he was famed
for his remarkable swimming,
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