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A LOYAL GUIDE
By Florence Lillian Henderson.
The automobile just grazed that
policeman at the"curb and sent him
reeling back, breathlessly sputtering.
It made a dart for the curb, ran up
on it, upset a news stand and scat
tered half a hundred "extras" in
front of a passing woman, who
Then the machine described a pa
rabola curve back to the street,
dashed on recklessly, its driver pay
ing no heed to the challenge whistle
of the officer he had left to the rear,
and, tearing half way down the
block, was observed more clearly by
"The michief!" he uttered forci
bly. "It's that young cub, Raymond !"
In an instant Durward was out in
the street He leaped to the running
board and jerked back the door.
"Are you mad?" he shouted to the
driver, who with glazed eyes was
swaying from side to side. "Give me
Rolfe Durward faily lifted the vacuous-faced
youth from his seat, flung
him harshly into its off corner, took
the wheel himself, glanced back
keenly to see if they were pursued,
turned the next corner, then into an
other street and halted the car at
"Now then, you irresponsible, irre
pressible lawbreaker, what does this"
mean? Hold on!" he challenged
sharply. "I don't have to ask
you've been drinking."
With a vapid smile young Ray
mond acknowledged the charge. He
tried to brace up and look dignified.
"Not my fault," he maundered.
"Old Wharton ordered me to get a
machine and call at a hotel for his
niece at ten o'clock I had an hour
to spare and met some friends. One
of them, just married, insisted on a
jubilee. Ten yet?"
"Yes, it is," replied the provoked
.Rolfe indignantly, "and .you're in fine
condition to call for a young lady
here! Get your wits now and pu
some coherency into this affair. Why
were you going for Mr. Wharton's
In a rambling but finally under
standable way young Raymond gave
forth the details of his mission. He
was a cousin of Rolfe and a clerk in
the big bond house of Wharton &
Company. It appeared that a niece
of the wealthy and busy financier, on
her way home from a visit to rela
tives in the East, had appeared un
expectedly at the office of her uncle.
Upset a News Stand ana Scattered
Half a Hundred "Extras."
The old gentleman was nonplused.
All his family were away from the
city at a watering place. The home
mansion was closed. He himself was
staying at his club. Mr. Wharton
was relieved when his niece informed
him that she must resume her jour
ney homewards the following after
noon. Then he took her to a hotel,
placed her in charge of the matron,
and told his niece he would arrange
to have one of his young men of he
office call with an auto at 10 the next
morning and show her the sights of
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