ONLY A GIRL
By George Elmer Cobb.
"What does it mean?"
Mabel Stone was apicture of dis
tress and dread as she stood before
the closed and locked door of Mason
& Co., where she had worked as ste
nographer for over two years, and she
gazed appealingly into the troubled
face of John Davis, chief clerk of the
"It means just what it says," John
soberly replied, and his face twitched
and he was white to the lips "gone
into the hands of a receiver. That
means that the house has gone under,
I understand," and there was an un
steady catch in his voice1 "I under
staid that they will not pay ten cents
on the dollar."
"Oh, dear!" faltered Miss Stone.
"Then we will there will be no
"None, I fear, for most of us," and
then he brightened up momentarily.
"As to you, though," he added, " a
friend in another office was asking
me only yesterday to find him an ex
pert stenographer, and I am sure you
can start in your new place at once."
"But you?" asked Mabel, solicit
ously. "Always thinking of others! It
is to you that I owe my training, my
first engagement when I had no posi
tion. Oh, Mr. Davis! I have felt so
grateful to you that there is scarcely
a letter passes between myself and
my mother that we do not mention
you. And you have worked so stead
ily, I can see that you are worn all
out. I have saved some money, and
mother needs me at home, and I
would have left long since if it had
not been if it had not been," and she
blushed consciously, "that I felt I
must be loyal, and might be helpful
"Thank you, Miss Stone," he said,
graciously. "Such words cheer me
and make me feel not utterly friend
less. 1 haye received auite a shock in
this failure" and he looked it and
Mabel noticed it "In fact, I have los.
every dollar I have in the world."
"Oh, dear!" cried Mabel, in dismay
and sympathy, and she was nearly
"You see, I had two thousand dol
lars saved up," explained John. "I
loaned a poor inventor one thousand
dollars to develop a patent and noth
ing has come of it The house here
heard of it and ridiculed my 'wildcat'
It Means Just What It Says."
investment, as they called it They,
however, got me to invest my other
thousand dollars with them, promis
ing eight per cent returns. Now "'
John made a feeble movement with
his hand. His eyes closed as though
he were about to faint, and Mabel in
voluntarily clasped his arm to steady
"Why! You are ill!" she said, so
licitously. "Mr. Davis," and she was
the directing power now, "this will
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