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A FRIEND IN NEED
By Frances Elizabeth Lanyon
"Fifty dollars is a good deal oi
money to lend an utter stranger."
"It will make me your friend- for
life, sir. Anybody can see that you
are prosperous. Desperately faced
with the loss of all I have, I must ap
peal to some one."
"H'm!" mused Guy Davis, thought
fully. "Clown and columbine in the
circus, circus broken up, everything
seized, will release your costumes,
yours and your wife's "
"And the little onefe they help in
one of our acts," reminded Marco
Palos eagerly. "You see, sir, without
the wardrobe we are ruined. With it
I can make an engagement at once
with another circus."
"There's your $50," and Guy hand
ed it out so suddenly that the other
was, overwhelmed with joy. The
tears of honest gratitude came into
"Oh, a blessing will come to you
for the deed you have done this day!"
cried the man. "Your name, sir? Do
not doubt that every penny will be
Guy carelessly threw his card be
for the circus man. The latter read
it "Brownville," he said. "It's on
the regular amusement circuit 'Guy
Davis' I'll teach my children to rev
erence that name."
Guy smiled indifferently as he went
his way. He was given to generous
impulses. They had never brought
much permanent recognition, but he
did not care for that. Besides, Jus:
now, money, time, his usual person
al interests, were a bore to him.
In a word Tessie Delevan! In his
inmost heart Tessie! All he thought
of, worried over, hoped for and
feared he never would get Tessie!
He had money, an occasional au
diting commission twice a year to
various industrial plants which
meant a liberal commission, but the
Delevans, outside of Tessie, had
more money, more pride and a preju
dice again Guy because he was "in
the trade," while the last one of the
haughty Delevans were "in the pro
fessions." Then, too, the Delevans,
father and mother, had determined
to wed their daughter to a young
sprig of society and fortune known
as Bartley Grimm.
And all this when Tessie loved
him and had said so and they were
pledged to one another. Mrs. Dele-
He Was Brisk, Prosperous Looking,
van had sent back the engagement
ring to Guy with a curt, decisive note.
Mr. Delevan had closed his doors
against him. Twice the lovers man
aged to meet clandestinely. Several
letters passed between them. Then
the maid who had carried the tender
missives was replaced by a stern,
faded old maid. Tessie was not al
lowed to leave the place without this
Guy heard that arrangements ij