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could not kick the animal in that at
titude. The dog, reading his mind,
and reassured; leaped up with a se
ries of yelps. Ralph was conscious
that the girl saw all this, though her
back was toward him.
He left the dog on the doorstep,
but the next morning, when he went
to the office, it was waiting for him.
"I see Misfortune has attached
(' himself to you, sir," said the colonel.
"I hope not," answered Ralph.
"The dog, Mr. Evans. That's what
, we call him. Never was anybody's
dog, but he follows folks and gener
ally runs between their legs and up
sets them. My niece was telling me
"She thought it was my dog," said
Ralph. "I wish I could make it clear
to her that it wasn't mine. Won't you
tell her, Col. Sharpe?"
"Why, I guess Dorothy recognized
the dog after all," answered the colo
nel. "But maybe you'd like to ex
plain to her yourself, Mr. Evans."
Which Ralph did, to be rewarded
with complete forgiveness for a
crime he had never committed. Those
were happy days that followed.
Ralph found his position highly to
his taste and the colonel and he had
already agreed upon the terms of
sale about the time that Ralph found
he loved Dorothy with all his heart
The love declaration was as simple
as always, when "it is the outcome of
mutual love. Dorothy promised to
become his wife when he was owner
of the Mirror-Advocate.
"And do you know what I have
done, Ralph?" shei asked. him the
next morning. "I have adopted Mis
fortune." "I wondered I hadn't seen him
9 around for a day or two," answered
, Ralph, laughing. "I thought he had
adopted me, but of late he has been
"Oh, Misfortune only adopts those
who need him," answered the girl,
"I certainly needed him," mur
They were to be married in abouf
three months. In the wonder of the
engagement Ralph did not realize
what his first meeting with Dorothy
should have taught him that his
fiancee combined a certain inherited
hotness of temper with her sweet-
ness. Once of twice he had to hum-
ble himself to get forgiveness for,
omissions; he had kept her waiting
being unavoidably detained; he had1
been unable to accompany her to
the theater one evening. He thought'
nothing of this, for he knew Dorothy
was the dearest girl in the world. But'
something happened which upset all
his calculations. The colonel fell
dead in the street.
After the funeral it was discovered
that the mortgage on the property1
had to be met immediately. The pa
per was taken over by an old rival
of Colonel Sharpe, and the future of
Ralph and Dorothy was left "up in
The girl hardened. Ralph's protests
fell unheeded on her ears. "It would
have killed my uncle if he had
known," she said.
r "But I was not to blame, dear."
"Qb., you should have been more
businesslike. What are you going to
For the first time Ralph lost his
temper. "I am going to offer you
your freedom if you only care for the
business," he said indignantly.
He knew he had misjudged her.
He would have been at her feet the
next moment. But Dorothy, indig
nanlty on her part, too, flung the ring
across the table and walked out of
the room with a high head and trem
Ralph left the house, crushed. A
penitent letter from him remained
unanswered. He knew that he had
lost Dorothy forever.
She had adored her uncle. She
could never forgive the fact that1
Ralph had let the paper fall into the
hands of the old man's bitterest rival.
The old Mirror-Advocate, which hadj
always stood for the cleanest of