By YValter Joseph Delaney
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
Vere Dalton was a cad and knew
it, but concealed it from others. Ruth
Eastley was a charming, trustful
girl of 18 and did not fathom his true
character. They had formerly lived
in the same town and when they met
in the city that fact served to renew
their old-time friendship.
A bluffer as well as a cad, Dalton
impressed Ruth with the idea that he
was destined to become a leading
business man eventually. He always
managed to dress well, no matter at
what tailor's cost He had 'not made
love to Ruth, nor was she otherwise
than dazzled with him, but he led her
to believe that he preferred her com
pany to that of any other young lady,
and she believed it and liked him, and
had he been in earnest he might have
finally won her deepest regard.
Ruth had lost a good position as a
stenographer through the failure of
the firm she was working for. She
had a typewriter, however, and se
cured some -copying and did a little
literary work. That was her bent,
and, although she had so far only
sold two short, low-priced sketches,
she felt encouraged.
"I can get you some work to do
if you care to handle it," observed
Dalton, in an offhand manner one
evening when he called on her.
"I shall be glad," said Ruth grate
fully. "It's this way," went on Dalton,
and his eyes were shifty "I have a
friend who is getting out biographi
cal sketches of leading business men.
He has the notes of their record and
that like, and wants them written
up well into about 00 words each.
There's about twenty to do each
week. What's it worth?"
"Is it anything to you, Vere?" in
quired Ruth pointedly.
"Well, you see, why, yes, it is
-iadirectly," lied Dalton. "I don'ti
think he will pay much perhaps five
dollars a week."
"I would be glad to takehe com
mission," declared Ruth, "that is, if
I can suit him."
'Oh, I'll vouch for that," said Dal
ton, and looked immensely pleased.
He might well say so! Here were
the facts: As Dalton had said, some
one was getting up a biographical
work and had hired him as one of a
number to visit those selected to fig-
Many a Time Ruth Sat Up Half the
ure in the book, interview them and
get the main points in their business
career. This Dalton could do very
well, but when it came to writing up
the biographies he was all at sea.
This he was required to do, three to
five a day, as part of his duties as a
salaried employe at $30 per week.
There was no objection to his do
ing his writing at home, where he
had a typewriter and could think and
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