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think is going to employ you with
such a record? Do you prefer ruin to
a fee which you can make your own?
Fifty thousand a hundred thou
sand?" "Frankly, I do."
"And you are willing to asperse
your father's reputation?"
"His affairs were his own, as mine
"John, you're a fool," said Wade.
"Think it over," he added, rising and
clapping John paternally on the back
The railroad dearly wanted that
piece of land. It could not get it at
any price. The public clamor against
it frightened the town council into
refusing to negotiate. And without
it as a terminal the railroad would
have to tunnel under half a mile of
mountain to bring its goods into the
John was the only man who knew
the facts from end to end. A pre
cious year, or two, even, would be re
quired to train another lawyer up to
the point of knowledge that John had
acquired from his dead father,
snatched away when the case had at
last been prepared. Wade was keen
ly disappointed at John's obstinacy.
He set to work to wear him down
with insidious means. Saying no
more about the matter, he employed
him on one or two minor cases.
Meanwhile he made a close friend of
the young man. John was constantly
at Wade's house, and from each visit
he went away with a deeper impres
sion of Helen.
An only daughter, reared in an at
mosphere of wealth, her father had
denied her nothing. John knew the
folly of his aspirations. But he felt
that Wade would not have invited
him to his house unless he regarded
him as his equal.
The day came when love could no
longer be denied. John told Helen
that he cared for her, and asked her
whether she was willing to wait until
he had acquired fame and fortune.
To his. Burprise the girlwhojiad,
heard him silently, with downcast
eyes, suddenly burst into tears.
"I am not worthy to listen to such
words from you," she sobbed.
"It is I who am not worthy " John
She turned on him with flaming
cheeks. "Listen, and I will explain
to you," she began. "Father was very
eager to have you take charge of a
certain case for him. What it was I
don't know, but I do know that you
are the only man he thinks can han
dle it Father told me you were puri
tanical, that you had not seen much
of the world and had not understood
the art of compromise. He thought
that after two or three months of
mixing with our class of people your
prejudices would disappear. He ask
ed me to be nice to you."
"And so it was all pretence?" said
"No," cried the girl. "After I had
begun to nlav the Dart he assigned
LneT I grew to care for you. Then
it was real. I love you,. John, and
I don't care anything about father's
"Then I shall go and speak to him,"
But, to his surprise, the railroad
magnate was at the door. He had
seen his daughter in John's arms, and
came forward, his face red with an
ger. "So this is how you abuse my con
fidence!" he began; but the look on
John's face checked him.
"I love your daughter, sir," he an
swered, "and I have every reason to
believe that she cares for me. The
fact of your admitting me to your
house gives me the right to hope to
make her my wife."
"Your wife!" cried Wade, con
temptuously. "Why, the girl was sim
ply being kind to you. I told her to,
if you want to know, in the hope that
you would stop holding up our opera
tions with your infernal pig-headed-ness."
"Stop, father'" cried Helen, furi
ously. "Do you think I would, go, tbt