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FOR HER SAKE!
By Aylward Price Delancy
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Mail, sir," reported the office boy,
placing a pile of "miscellaneous let
ters on the desk of young Gordon
Leith, manager of the importing
house of Waltham & Co.
Leith only nodded. He was in a
pleasant dream and did not want to
be disturbed. In four days he was to
marry Vera Merriam. He had every
thing to be thankful for. Her father
was wealthy and stood high socially.
Recently 'Waltham & Co. had raised
his salary. Everything was harmo
nious and lovely. Even gruff, digni
fied prospective father-in-law was
seemingly pleased at the approach
ing wedding. Was he not qoming in
that afternoon to talk over the final
arrangements for it with Leith?
"Routine," observed Leith, at
length arousing from his happy rev
erie. "All right there will be only
three days more of it ' Then for a
two weeks' delightful honeymoon."
In a perfunctory way Leith took up
the paper knife and slit the envelopes
before him. Then he began taking
out their contents.
, "Order," he tallied them off
"complaint, request for new price
list," and he placed the letters in the
trays of the various departments
"Hello! What's this?"
Leith stared hard and looked con
fused and startled, as he read the
"It will be for your own good to
meet me at 2 p. m. Tuesday, at Greg
ory's cafe. It's a safe place and I
will bring in No. 27. Bring along the
cash to take up those I. 0. U.'s, or
the capital for a new round of re
venge, or I'll blow the thing to your
bosses and you'll lose your place.
"Why!" breathed Leith in sheer
amazement, "what does this mean,
anyhow? Where is the envelope?
There must be some mistake. Hera
it is the mischief! At it again
and worse than ever!"
Leith allowed the letter to drop to
the desk as he scanned the direction
on the envelope: "Mr. Harry Mer
riam." The brother of Vera! It was meet
that Leith should be interested and
natural that he should be anxious
and troubled. He had been a friend
and guide to Harry Merriam. He
had helped, guided and shielded the
bright natured but impetuous young
fellow. Leith had even secured him
employment with the business house
"That's Me." '
of which he was manager in order
that he might watch and direct him.
Mr. Merriam was a' stern, austere
man and it had cost both money and
patience to control the peccadillos of
the younger Merriam.
More recently Harry seemed to
have turned over a new leaf. In or
der to get him away from his old as
sociates, only the week previous
Leith had sent him On a selling tour.
Now an echo of the past defections
of Harry had come to the surface as
a menace. With all his influence.