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found nothing to do. He had never
been driven to ask for charity before.
Thrdugh it all he was strictly hon
est The $4.95 did not belong to
him. It was a trust, therefore, and
as such he regarded it.
It was the morning of the second
day after he had received the ?5 gold
piece that Brown was passing by a
small hotel on the principal street of
the town. Twenty feet away he saw
a man stepping into an automobile.
In a flash Brown recognized him. It
was his -kindly almoner of 48 hours
"Hey one minute, please," he
shouted, and rushed for the curb, but
the chauffeur had received an order
and the car flashed down the street
beyond hail or halt
Brown went into the hotel and
questioned the clerk. The latter re
garded his well-worn clothes and was
reticent He scanned his face and
opened up. The man Brown discribed
was Mr. Alvin Thorpe, guest for two
days past, a stranger in the town.
Did not know when he would return
probably by -noon, he supposed.
It was an hour after midday whefi
Brown went back to the hoteL The
clerk anonunced that Mr. Thorpe had
returned, paid his bill and was go
ing away on the afternoon boat
However, he believed he was still in
his room No. 17, third floor.
Up the stairs Brown proceeded.
He located No. 17. He knocked no
one responded. He tried the door
it was unlocked and he pressed open
the door to find the room untenant
ed. "This Mr. Thorpe has gone to the
boat already," decided Brown. "Well",
maybe I can catch him before it
Brown turned to leave the room
when he was met at the threshold
by a boy. The latter looked excited
and worried. He buret instantly into
an incongruous announcement
"I'm awfully sorry,"' he babbled
forth, "but there is an answer to the
note you sent yesterday. And I lost Jjnen!"' began Mr. Thorpe, recalling
it, and was afraid to come and tell
you. And I sneaked home and kept
out of your way. And jus.t a little
while ago I found it see, down in-
side the lining of my coat. Look,
there's the slit in my pocket it must
have gone through. And there's the -j
letter, and I'm awfully glad I found
you," and thrusting an addressed!)
letter into the hands of Brown the
lad bolted with a relieved face. j
"Hold on!" challenged Brown, but
the boy was down the stairs three
steps at a time.
Brown gazed at the letter. It was 3
directed to "Mr. Alvin Thorpe." More t
need than ever to overtake the de-;
parting visitor to the town. Brown
got to the street He made for the-s
wharf where the river boats docked.
The Favorite was just pulling outi
"Stop she's off!" yelled a wharf-.
hand as Brown in his urgency and ex
citement ran on to the slanting gang--
plank, just pulled free' of the steam
Ovpr into thp stream Brown wftnt
The swell of the boat drew him to
wards the central current-' He made,
a speedy decision. He swam toward -the
turning side of the steamer. A
deck hand threw a rope to him.
Brown was dragged to the deck,
panting, dripping, surveyed with mar
veling regard by the passengers.
"What now?" bellowed the captain,
advancing blusteringly, but Brown
had dashed the water from his eyes
and was staring keenly about him.
He made out Mr. Alvin Thorpe, seat
ed alone near the raiL He ran up to
him. He drew the old 'handkerchief
from his pocket He untied the knot
"You have me a five-dollar gold
piece instead of a nickel, as you sup
posed, the other evening, and there's
the change," announced Brown
breathlessly, and he pressed the wet
coins into the hand of Mr. Alvin
Well, well, well of all the honest