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' A" BOLD RUSE .
By Augustus Goodness Sherwin
"Gordon Lee is certainly something
of a bore with his physical ailments,"
observed Nate Willoughby.
"Yes, a confirmed hypochondriac,"
added his pretty sister Verda.
"For all that I like the man," re
marked frank, outspoken Olive Bor
den, who was on a visit to 'the Wil
loughbys, her relatives..
"Why, you,don't even know him!"
"Not in the way of an introduc
tion, that is true," exclaimed Olive,
"but he has been pointed out to me
and yesterday I saw him do some
thing very fine."
"As how?" challenged Nate rather
"I saw him meet a. poor wretch
who ' asked him- for alms. He gaye
the man a small coin. Then he
watched him. I expect he fancied
his pensioner would go to the first
saloon. Not so. The man entered
a bake shop, came out'with a loaf of
bread under his arm and hungrily,
but eagerly, started on a run, as if
hurrying to take the food to others." i
"And Mr. Lee?" queried Verda.
"Stopped him, pressed a bank note
into his hand. Then, with tears in
his eyes, he glanced about as if he.
was -ashamed or afraid some one had
noted his charitable act, and went his
"Um-mJ Must have had an unusual
"Shame on you, Cousin Verda!"
flared out Olive. "I pity the man
born to wealth and Idleness, i pity
him. still more, when ill health is an
"Ill health!" scoffed Verda. "Why,
his megrims are all fancy. Some city
doctor told him that a pain he had
in one shoulder may 'symptomize' a
dozen different diseases. He has had
nothing else to think of and there
fore spends half his time reading
medical boons and the balance
mourning over his sure slide down
the incline of fatal disease!'
Olive Borden said no more, but .she
continued to feel sorry for Gordon
Lee. He was good looking, a perfect
gentleman, and he sfeemed so wretch
ed and lonesome tnat she sympa
thized with him genuinely.
Olive had an uncle who was living
to a good old age, who had wasted
the best years of his life, just as Lee
was doing. Olive was familiaf with
''You Have Suffered."
the past vagaries of this relative. She
did not 'smile at such idiosyncrasies.
She pitied their victims, who men
A bazaar was given for the sake of
charity in the little village that same
week. ' Of course Olive was pressed
into service. She was quick, witty,
original, and Verda allowed her to
choose her own role.
"You are a. great hand at fortune
telling, Verda had suggested, but
pretty Olive shook her head nega
tively. "No, no; something newer than