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A GOOD INVESTMENT
By Victor Redcliffe
If the fancy Edgar Allen took to
Nelson Bland received its first im
pression from the honest, open face
of that .young man, it was certainly
reinforced when the latter introduced
his sister Violet He had advertised
for an agent, for he was going away.
The .reply to the same that suited
him best was the frank, brief but
comprehensive note written in reply
Allen arrived at the house of the
Blands in his automobile to find a
small but immaculately neat and
clean cottage. Nelson Bland wel
comed him at the door and led him
to a sitting room, well filled with
books. He was a student along the
line of philanthropy. He had never
had an easy time making his way, he
imparted to his prospective employ
er. His sister was a music teacher,
and for the first time in years they
had arrived at a point where their
combined income admitted of a lit
tle more than sufficient to keep the
wolf from the door.
"I have just fallen heir to a for
tune," Allen explained. "It is not
large only $100,000. I suppose I
should consider myself a fortunate
young man, but there is .a blight to
my prospects. My physician tells me
that I have a functional trouble with
my lungs. He prescribes another cli
mate, permanently. Under different
concuuons, ne says, i may wear out
the disease I hope so," but the
speaker spoke wearily.
"I would not feel discouraged," re
marked Bland, and there was gen
uine sympathy in his tones.
"I don't intend to," replied Allen,
"but I want to do some good in the
world. I have divided up my fortune.
One quarter of it I shall spend in the
pursuit of health. One-half of it I
shall invest in good, sound securities.
The remainder I shall give to my ap
pointed agent to found a home for
crippled and homeless children in my
native town. I own a large, well-furnished
house there. TEe returns
from the investment of the $25,000
must carry the project, but I shall set
apart out of my income $1,200 for
"A good and sufficient recompense
for a person loving the work," de-.
clared Bland enthusiastically. "I am'
your man, if you will have me."
And just then Violet entered the
room. It was with no knowledge of
deceived Word From His Lawyer '
intrusion and she started to with
draw, but her brother beckoned her
forward. He was nroud of her. that
was palpable. -She interested Allen
at once. Her youth, healthfulness,
vitality charmed him, though mourn
fully he reflected on his own unfor
tunate condition, or what he fancied
Allen wished for her presence. So
soon as she was advised that she
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