ert Dunn realized this as he left the
office that evening. He was about to
attempt a gross deception and yet he
could not decide otherwise than he
had done. He pictured the delight
his father and mother would experi
ence to see him apparently surround
ed by the best that wealth and posi
tion could give. He would J- "ve them
enjoy the time of their lives. He
would send them back home blissful
ly contented.. Where the harm?
It was.after supper at the second
rate boarding house where he lived
when Robert went to call upon Edna
Wilsom They had been engaged for
five years, but he had never been
able, they decided, to start out upon
the sea of matrimony until he had
acquired a fair sum against the fu
ture. She was a true, loving woman.
There were no secrets between them.
Cheerfully she had acquiesced in his
past efforts to give his aged parents a
comfortable home. She greeted him
on this especial evening heart and
soul in accord with his dearest hopes
"Edna," he spoke at once, and quite
seriously, "I have been wondering if I
am doing entirely right in preserving
this comedy of deception."
She closed his lips with a pretty
gesture of her white, shapely hand.
"Not another word, sir!" she com
manded playfully. "Why, I have been
singing to myself all the day long be
cause of their happiness over the joy
and pride the old folks will take back
with them to their far-away home."
"It will mean the deferring of our
own plans for a home," suggested
"It will make you the dearer to me
as the grandest man I ever knew!"
insisted Edna. "No, no we can wait,
dear. Let us think only of them for
the time being."
And so the strange, unheard-of
plan was formulated to perfection,
the servants at the stately Blair home
let far enough into the secret to in
sure no enlightenment to the deluded
prospective visitors, and Robert Dunn 1
entered upon the one wildly extrava
gant epoch of his life.
It was a grand triumphal march
for the aged father and mother from
the hour they arived in ther city.
What to Robert was the old-fashioned
quaintness of the bonnet his
mother wore! What the plain home
spun suit of his sire both feeling
that their "best" was indeed, com
pany best, the very best!
An automobile with a chauffeur in
livery met them at the train. The
beautiful mansion welcomed them
with brilliant lights. The old people
went into ecstacies over their luxur
ious environment , Nearly every eve
ning for five weeks the devoted son
took them to the opera and other
amusement functions. The well
trained servants never betrayed the
scheme in play. The happiest couple
in Christendom, proud of the grand
est son in the world, the old folks at
length departed, carrying back to
their modest home memories that
would gild their last years unfail
ingly. And the aftermath? Virtue reward
ed? Always! It was the day of his
return that Mr. Blair called Robert
into his office.
"Dunn," he said in his usual quick
business tones, "you've carried out
this precious scheme of yours and
I'm glad of it I've got a full report
of it, and I've been thinking that it
will make my lonely old life the
sweeter to show my appreciation of
your sterling worth. You shall take
a sixty days' vacation now."
"And make it a honeymoon with
that sweet, patient Miss Wilson. Go
and see the old folks. Keep up the
rich-man act, and here is a check for
five thousand dollars to help the good
Los Angeles divorce Judge has or
dered Mrs. Lily Gilbert to store her
auto and not to see her chauffeur.
Wouldn't that just crush a lady with
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