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LOVE AND RICHES
By Frances Elizabeth Lanyon
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"This way, Burton."
Verne Burton flushed at the per
emptory and uncivil call. He had
never liked the arrogant office man
ager, less than ever just now, as that
conceited individual hailed him as
though he were an office boy.
It was prudence and policy, how
ever, to submit to the insolent ex
actions of the lordly boss of the of
fice. Burton reached the desk of his
superior to be greeted with a cold,
"Somebody to see you in the out
er office," snapped out the manager.
"Be brief. We can't indulge these
calls taking up the time of our em
Burton fancied the implication did
not apply in his case. He had Been
under the domination of this slave
driver for a year, held down to a mere
pittance of a salary, partly, he de
cided, because the manager did not
like him. Burton could not remem
ber having had a visitor in business
hours since he had come with the
house. He wondered who the pres
ent one could be.
The manager sat scowling,-ready
"to give Burton a genuine dressing
down when he reappeared, for Bur
ton had been gone near half an hour.
The tyrant was primed for a tirade
before the whole office. Burton an
"I am sorry to give such short no
tice," he spoke, "but important busi
ness has come up that calls me at
once from the city and I shall have
to resign my position."
"Business resign?" mumbled the
"Yes, sir. I have fallen heir to a
fortune of $500,000."
"Heir? Fortune? Ah!" he smirked,
extending his hand, "allow me -to
"I must be at the office of the law
yer who just called upon me in half
an hour," explained Burton.
"Certainly. So sorry to lose your
valuable services," fawned the poli
tic knave . "By the way, I will phone
my chauffeur and you can use the
"Thanks, no," replied Burton.
"The lawyer's office is only a square
distant," and ten minutes later as he
got clear of the office he took a long,
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"We Can't Indulge These Calls Tak
ing Up Time of Our Employes."
deep breath, like a captive at last re
leased from a fetid prison place.
Burton was in a dream all tjie rest
of that day. A strange thing had
transpired. A lawyer had indeed in-'
formed him that he was heir to a
large foreune. The legator was Phin
eas Dodd. Burton had never seen
him, but knew that his mother was
a cousin of a man of that name. The
lawyer stated that the pretentious
home of Mr. Dodd at Wildemere was
ready to receive him as its master
with a generous bank account and