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she had refused to let him embrace
her. Besides, as every woman knows,
if you really mean a man to marry
you, you must go about it with discre
tion. And, though she cared nothing
for Jen-old, Edith Kane was resolved
to have the spending of his millions.
Jerrold had been on pins and need
les because Kane did not appear. He
had even meditated going to him;
therefore, when Kane was announc
ed by the Japanese butler, he felt his
heart leap triumphantly. He had
squared all accounts witlfmoney, and
he had no doubt that he could square
Kane in the same way.
He stood in his room waiting for
him with an uneasy but yet confident
smile. And Kane wasted no time in
coming to the point
"You know what I have come
about," he cried, an absurd little fig
ure confronting the six-foot college
"About Mrs. Kane?" inquired Jer
"I'll have it from your own lips,"
cried Kane. "She has left me be
cause she loves you you or your
money. What are you going to do
"I can't catch her and drag her
back to you, can I, Mr. Kane?" drawl
ed the other.
"Are you going to many her?"
"That depends largely on the de
cision of the Reno court," said the
"I guess there won't be any diffi
culty about that," said Kane, "Your
money will get anything. Are you
going to marry her when the court.
"I hope so," answered Jerrold.
"See here, Kane, I'm I'm sorry. But
in this life the riches and the women
go to the strong. TTou've lost her.
But I'll make good to you. I'll give
you" he hesitated "thirtjy thou
sand dollars for your wife. What do
"You scoundrel!" shouted Kane,
shaking his fist at the other's face.
"You contemptible blackguard!"
"It's more than any court wouldy
give. Take it or leave it, Kane," said
"I I accept," said Kane suddenly.
Three years later he saw his wife
again. They met in an elevated
train, going north after the day's
work was over.
He was shocked at the woman's
appearance. Jerrold could not have
been as kind a companion as she had
expected, to judge from the sadness
of her expression. There was a
haunted look upon her face.
They looked up and saw each oth
er across the aisle. He got off at the
next station, but, when he reached
the platform, she had followed him.
"I want to tell you, Dick, that I I
am sorry," she said in a low voice.
At the remembered tone he felt the
old longing sweep over him he long
ed to take her in his arms, but he only -bowed
and stood aside.'
"I want to give you my address in
case " she began.
r "Thank you, but I can find Mr. Jer
rold any time I wish," he replied. And
she shrank from him, crimson with
She had handed him the paste
board, and automatically he had ex
tended his hand. The letters burned
themselves into his brain like fire.
He knew he could never forget that
place. All the way home he saw 313
Mortimer street graven against the
So she was tiring of the new love!
He wondered whether she had heard
had heard that he, with the price
of her shame, was now well estab
lished in Wall street He had put the
thirty thousand into a broker's busi
ness; with his knowledge acquired in
Jerrold's office he had soon become
wealthy. But she could not know
that the one purpose for which he
lived was nearing accomplishment
Step by step he had dogged Jer
rold. He had pursued him remorse
lessly, had hammered his stocks, had
learned the secrets of his private'
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