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quires its suspicions to be, confirmed.
You will confirm them, but you will
"I tell you " Imbrie began.
"In proof of what I say I have ar
ranged that the treaty be placed in
your hands for copying tomorrow.
And your money difficulties will be
at an end. Look at this come un
der the lamp and look!"
"You see, you are dealing with
gentlemen who trust you," the
stranger continued. "And if you
prove false which is impossible
we shall know how to punish you.
Also, we shall know if it is the gen
uine treaty you bring us."
Before Imbrie had quite under
stood the gist of the proposition the
little man was gone, leaving him to
his soliloquies, his bribe and Dolly's
It was in the sleepy part of the
day the following afternoon that the
high official entered and looked
about the room.
"Here, Mr. Imbrie," he said, laying
clown a closely typewritten paper be
fore him. "Copy this, will you? It's
rather confidential and we must have
some more copies. Make a couple of
carbons and don't let any one see.
Bring them to me when you have fin
ished." Imbrie stared at the paper. It was
the .secret treaty with China which
the Japanese government would
have sold its soul to obtain.
Imbrie made an extra carbon copy
and slipped it into his pocket He
took the remainder in to the high of
ficial, and, side by side, they com
pared the copy with the original.
"Very good, very good, Mr. Im
brie," said the high official. "I am
obliged to you."
Imbrie went home in a daze.
Dolly and he had long talked of
what they would do if ever, by some
miracle, $5,000 were to come to
them. They had envisaged a pret
ty little farm in Virginia, with roses
growing up the walls, a horse and
)uggy and fields of corn and peach
f trees. And now all this seemed about
to come to pass.
As he stepped off the car the little
Japanese came up to him. Silently
Imbrie slipped the carbon copy into
the man's hand and left him.
A month passed. Imbrie had told
Dolly that his uncle had died and
left him that $5,000 which they had
always talked about and never hoped
for. Dolly was delighted. The color
came back into her cheeks. She was
happy. But in Imbrie's heart was
the burning shame of betrayal.
It was three months before he sent
in his resignation. He wanted to al
lay suspicion. He expected to be
watched He had omitted to dis
charge his debt to the money lenders
for fear that he would come under
suspicion. It required all his courage
to send in notice.
Then, toward the end of his last
month, he began to realize what his
treachery meant He knew that, un
der the official silence, somebody -was
suspected, somebody ,was watched,
somebody was suffering wrongly for
his abominable deed. He could not
endure 'hi position. And he told
He confessed to her one evening
when she had questioned him about
his distress. He told her that there
could be no future for them upon the
money earned by his betrayal of his
native land. He bowed his head
when he had ended, for he expected
that Dolly would herself denounce
But when he raised his head after
a long silence, it was to see Dolly
standing beside him, her face ex
pressive of pitying wonder.
"The bitter thing is that you did
it for me, Ronald," she said, and sud
denly dropped to her knees. "Ronald,
dearest, you know now what you
"I know. You are going to say
that my happiness is worth more
than the nation. But it isn't, it isn't"
"I have made purchases. I have