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By Estelle RossiteriGrey
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
. "Hold on, Darley, don't spoil a
guerdon of good luck."
"Good luck a black cat! Throw
her out of the window."
. "Not on your life especially not
on my natal business day," respond
ed Rupert Morse. "Why, think of it?
Here at 9 o'clock I start on my ini
tial business career. At 9:30 in steps
a Velvet-shod feline visitor, scans
the environment, proceeds to settle
down on the window sill yonder,
purrs complacently and remains a
presage, a harbinger. Don't dis
turb Miss. Kitty for worlds!"
"All right, humor ydur whims,
only a cat is neither dignified nor
businesslike. I'll vanish. Here
the first answer to your advertise
ment for an assistant."
The friend of the young lawyer
departed. A young lady entered
bareheaded, which was queer, Morse
thought, and rather excited in ap
pearance, he discerned, for which he
could not account The cat blinked
and purred. He paused to stroke it
gently and then faced this girl vis
itor. Morse had put up his, shingle in a
modest way, not in the business cen
ter, but on a little street off the main
thoroughfare. The little building he
was in had been a real estate office.
Everything beyond it in the block
was residential. Next door was a
pretty cottage with a lovely garden.
"You have come in response to
my advertisement for an office clerk,
I presume?" observed Morse, noting
a palpable embarrassment on the
part of his visitor, which he attrib
uted to maidenly shyness and inex
perience and ever manly and indul
gent -where theopposite sex was con
cerned. "I am just entering in on
my profession and need an assistant
.to copy my papers, keep records and
attend to the office while I am away.
I cannot pay more than 6 a week at
the start. Ah! my guest is rather
Tabby had left the window sill,
had walked over Jto the young lady,
rubbed itself against her dress, sub
mitted to her petting with satisfac
tion, performed the same actions
with Morse, and returned to the win
dow sill as if, a courteous duty per-
Lifted a Heavy Billy and Struck Him'
formed, its reward- was peace and
The young lady again puzzled
Morse. She had kept her eyes fixed
on the cat and a queer smile .crossed
her face. He could not analyze
pleased, quizzical, mysterious.
"You you like kittens?" she
spoke a trifle hesitatingly.
"This one immensely. You see, I
consider it a sort of good fortune
sign to have a black cat come to you
and really take to you on the thres
hold of your first business enterprise.