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THE RIGHT MAN
By Myra Lee Stanford
"Engaged, eh?" rgpeated Neil Hud-
son, reporter for the Daleton Weekly
"Yes. I thought it would be an
"item of news for you."
"It is, indeed!" replied the young
I newspaper man, and his heart was
! thumping violently, although he did
" not show it in the least "Who may
' the fortunate lover he?"
"Wylie Barr, our bank cashier."
Neil Hudson made a note and his
"" hand trembled and the pencil point
broke. He nodded his thanks silent-
J ly and went his way with a momen
tary humidity in his eyes.
n "Dear little Nelly!" he sighed.
"Poor me! Ah, well! as it has turned
out I could never have had a show.
Nelly liked me right enough, but it
ended there, it seems, only I wish it
was almost anybody except that Barr
With that Neil fancied he Tiad dis
missed all further thoughts of the
most congenial and pleasant two
months of his life in the company of
the sweetest girl he had ever met,
but he found the memory would not
down. He tried to banish it, but he
' could not do so. His mind made a
' compromise. They might no longer
be sweethearts, but they could be
friends. He would not tempt suffer-
v- ing by seeking her company, but he
would guard her interests as though
she were an own sister.
'" He did not like Wylie Barr. Out
side of that flashy self-assertive in
dividual being a successful rival in
lave, Neil fancied he "had something
on mm." Barr had appeared in Dale
ton about a years previously. He had
II invested $5,000 in the stock of the
"Farmers' bank and had been made
" the cashier of that institution. A
'singular incident had come to the
notice cf the vigilant news gatherer
"about a month back. This had, made
him decide that Barr was "not right."
He was seated in the little railroad
depot late one night, waiting for a
midnight tram to take mm io a ins
tant town where a farmers' conven
tion was on the program for the next
day, when he noticed two men pass
ing slowly up and down beyond the
open doorway. The signal light shot
across the faces of the two men. One
was Wylie Barr. The other had a
ferretlike face Neil could not forget,
once seen. There was a certain air
of sinister secretiveness in the ac
tions of the two men. Neil saw Barr
hand the man a roll of bills and then
One Was Wylie Barr.
both disappeared going in different
A few days later Neil noticed in
an exchange an item on the escape
of one Red Leary from the state pen
itentiary. His photograph accom
panied the article. It was that of the
man Neil had seen lurking about the
station with Barr. He looked up the
case. The escape had taken place
two days before the night when he
had seen the convict
Neil did not like the situation on
general principles, less than ever on
account of Nelly. He evaded her,
but he kept his eye upon her fiance.