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wish we had remained so, Miss
Boiee," he added almost sorrowfully.
Her face was a void of amaze
ment. Surely, never had she known
so strange a gathering!
"That is a hard thing to say, is it
not, Miss Boice?" he continued, try
ing to force a whimsical smile, "and
I must explain. I am a lawyer. I
have been sent on a mission most
distasteful to me. Be indulgent, dear
' lady. I came from Mr. Gregory
"The father of Rodney!" mur
mured the girl and a slight pallor
came over her face.
"He objects to the attention of his
son to you, Miss Boice," pursued
Ashe steadily. "There are reasons,
according to his detached point of
view they are not mine, believe me.
Mr. Thearle is in trouble. There may
be occasion for Rodney to stand by
his" father and the family I I "
The lawyer felt wretched. The
sweet girl before him had held him
spellbound with the winsome inno
cence of her lovely eyes. Now they
filled with tears.
"Mr. Ashe," she said brokenly. "Oh,,
indeed, no attitude of mine shall dis
tress him. I would help the poor old
man. He does not understand how
dearly I love Rodney."
The last barrier of suspicions was
broken down with the steadfast law
yer, but he had his duty to perform.
"I am ordered," and he spoke with
a meaning and a commiseration that
even this artless experienced girl fully
understood, "I am ordered to furnish
you proof of the possibility of all his
means being swept from him, and
Wlliam Ashe produced a package of
business documents. "These evidence
tne iact mat u Mr. mearie aoes not
raise nearly $50,000 by the fifteenth
of the month his creditors will take
all he has."
"Or dear! how sorrowful," fluttered
Evelyn Boice. "No. no," she demur
red, touching the decuments as the
lawyer was about to replace them in
his po.cket " I am interested, Let A
me know all, please. I can perhaps
I can help."
The lawyer marveled at the sudden
change in the girl, the expression of
strength that came into her fair
face, at her enigmatical manner as
she handed back the papers with the
"I thank you. Please tell Mr.
Thearle that I sympathize with him'
and that I really will not be any added '
burden to his troubles." i
William Ashe returned home to an-
nounce to his client that the young i
lady was reconciled to his stern fiat.
Then he partially forgot the lovely .
girl amid a hard, but a vain effort to "
secure an extension from his credi
tors. They had tied up $100,000 in '
collateral that, under a forced sale,
would ruin the old merchant
"No arrangement can be made," '
reported the lawyer one morning, t
"The collateral was closed out yes- i
terday and purchased by some out-
"Then the creditors will be paid?"
asked his client.
"Dollar for dollar, but the holder of r
the collateral now holds you at his
Ashe left the broken merchant I
making his arrangements to close up i
his business and begin life all over '
again. Two hours later Ashe came 1
rushing into the office of gloom, i
madly excited. "
"Look!" he cried, flinging down a '
big envelope before his client
"The note canceled! the collateral"
released!" gasped Gregory Thearle. "
"What marvel is this?"
Then his eye fell upon the name
upon the note, that of the person to
whom the bank had transferred it
"Evelyn Boice!" he fairly shouted,
and then before the lawyer could
make an explanation the old man col
lapsed under the shock completely. "
But the full explanation came later '
and a happy chain of circumstances
, voh'Pfi indeed. William Ashe sur- '
mised what had transpired as soon
ao lie saw that name. The "fortune