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personally insisting that his means
were as a dime to a double eagle com
pared with the massive riches of
Brother James. From the start Rob
ert felt that his life had fallen in
pleasant places. He started out on
his own initiative to find work the
third day after his arrival.
"I've found employment, Uncle
Henry, he announced that evening.
"Have, hey?" remarked his relative
with a quizzical gleam in his kindly
old eyes "what hne, now?"
"Down at the steel plant."
"You don't mean common labor
"About that See here, uncle, my
bent at college was along mechanical
engineering lines and I've made up
my mind to learn all there is about
metals and construction from the
It was not all work and no play
with Robert. Uncle Henry never
talked of his riches, but Robert
learned that he was regarded as a
substantial man in a capital way. Be
sides his possible wealth, however,
uis long honorable standing in the
community had made him respected,
and the old man was in fact listed
with the aristocracy of the town.
He introduced Robert among good
people. There was a calculating ex
pression in the wise eyes of Air. Laid-
law after he had spent an evening
with the Carringtons.
"Social leaders, my boy!" he ob
served. "And that queenly Helena!
How did she strike you?"
"Cold as ice," replied Robert with
a slight laugh, "none of the genial
warmth of soul of some modest yet
gentle-hearted girl like "
"Eh!" started Uncle Henry, as Rob
ert paused and flushed.
"Oh! like those natural friendly
girls in the office of the plant," con
cluded Robert, generalizing.
"Your lofty Miss Carrington cut
me dead today, uncle," reported Rob
ert later in the same week.
"Oh, you must be mistaken," re
monstrated Mr. Laidk
"Not at all, it was palpable and
meant. You see, I had my working
clothes on and the grime of honest
labor shocked her sensitive spirit."
"H'm!" muttered the old man'
thoughtfully, and then he went to his
lawyer. "See here, Hunter," he be
gan to the attorney, "I'm doing that
boy a wrong."
"In what way?" was the pertinent
Mr. Laidlaw narrated his story of
the disadvantages of menial employ
ment in the eyes of "the higher so
cial set." He further deplored the
arduous labor which was hardening
the hands of his protege, the slow
promise of final advancement. The
"Tired of the program, eh, already
that I laid out to make a real man of
your nephew?" he challenged. "What
you want to do rear him in the lap
of luxury and spoil him?
"Well er you see "
"No, you see! Laidlaw," interrupt
ed the lawyer briskly, "I've been
studying young Robert and I'm glad
to observe his sense, courage and
fidelity to an ideal. He'll work out
right and make you proud of him if
you leave him alone." '
"Yes, but he may make friends
among the well, the lowly that
may be a detriment to him."
What! rallied the lawyer, "after
your proud-tempered Miss Carrington?"
"But suppose he should fall in love
with some poor girl?"
"Suppose he did? Do you want to
spoil his happiness? No, you go right
ahead on the course we have marked
out Robert is no fortune hunter or
he wouldn't have chosen you instead
of your brother, he would never have
risked catching an heiress by under
taking menial employment He's gen
uine, concluded the attorney. "True
blue all through and all of the time.
He'll land right. Mark my words."
There came a test An unexpect
ed event transpired. James Laidlaw
died and in a will he had planned to